Barnaby Weir ; Freeman White; 2006; 2010.011


Barnaby Weir

About this object

Singer/Songwriter/Musician, Barnaby Weir, has played a formative role in some of New Zealand's most successful music releases over the last five years. He is the lead singer of the Black Seeds, whose 2006 album, 'Into the Dojo,' stayed at number one on the New Zealand album chards for four weeks. He co-founded the group in Bar Bodega in 1998.

Barnaby Weir and Freeman White have been friends for some years, this portrait was painted spontaneously during one of Weir's visits to White's studio, done in a single sitting.

Freeman White is a painter who likes to remind us of our humanity. He draws attention to our physical form to document contemporary life. He was born in 1979 in Hawke's Bay and raised on an orchard. He attended the Elam School of Fine Arts in Auckland, and was the winner of a number awards. A scholarship from the NZUK Link Foundation enabled White to travel to Scotland, where he was commissioned to paint many portraits and became the first New Zealander to be represented in the Scottish Portrait Gallery's permanent collection.


Freeman White

Date Made


Medium and Materials

Oil on canvas,


300 x 300 mm

Subject and Association Description

Weir: Barnaby

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oil painting

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