Gav Barbey is a multi disciplinary, multi talented Australian artist working in a variety of media and mediums
Australian artist, Gav Barbey is exhibiting a new series of “Iceworks” with Sydney’s Wentworth Galleries in the GPO at 1 Martin Place as part of Art Month, from March 14, 2019.
Barbey’s “Ice works” explore the tension between nature and our desire to have control over it. In these unqiue works, pure pigment is strategically frozen into large blocks of ice and manipulated as it melts and merges with the canvas over hours, days or weeks. “From topographical landscapes to semi organic figurative expressions, the Iceworks are a constant discovery in transformation.” muses Barbey. They are a departure from his acclaimed figurative works and evolved from his performative and video series first exhibited in New York in the early 2000s.
Melbourne based artist, Gav Barbey is a multi-disciplinary artist. He apprenticed as a commercial artist in the government funded Gas and Fuel corporation in the 1980’s. The multiple work shop practice included graphic design, drafting, scenic art, sculpture and production.
While studying production set and costume design at NIDA Barbey was immersed in the theatrical world. He has held a successful career in theatre and set design working across theatre, television, film and events. Barbey worked with Richard Roxburgh’s Burning House theatre and later Leo Schofield’s Melbourne Festival, Barbey transitioning his design and visual skills to writing and directing. He has a raft of script and directorial films under his belt and was a Finalist in Tropfest. He was also awarded a Young Film Makers grant from Aura Film Finance.
Barbey’s move to visual fine arts began with his first solo exhibition in 1999 and he has continued to exhibit internationally and locally with Wentworth Galleries.