Born in Dunedin in 1939, Barry Cleavin studied at the School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury from 1963 to 1966 and in 1977 at the Honlolu Academy of Art in Hawaii. He has exhibited widely and is represented in numerous public collections. He was a SeniorLecturer in Printmaking at the School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury from 1978 to 1990. He was awarded awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2001. His work has also been the subject of two major surveys, Ewe & Eye at the Auckland Art Gallery in 1982 and
The total number of works by Barry Cleavin offered for sale by auction since 1993 is 249, of which 191 (77%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $6,833 for The Allegations Suite sold by Watson's Auctioneers in August 2011. This year 5 works have been offered for sale. Works by Barry Cleavin are held by the Suter Art Gallery, Auckland Art Gallery and a further four major public national galleries (see list below).
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