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Artist Bio

Barbara von Seida has a unique expressionistic style that has evolved over decades, resulting in invigorating imagery.

Barbara spent 5 years studying ceramic and textile design at the University of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschule Niederrhein) in Krefeld, Germany.  She was employed by the United Silk Companies, as well as working freelance for others, creating fabric designs.

In 1984, she moved to West Cork, Ireland where she opened her “Country House Gallery”, showcasing her ceramic sculptures and watercolour paintings. In 1990 she moved to Coromandel, New Zealand and established the “Kowhai Watercolour Studio” which still continues today.

Around 1997, and encouraged by a fellow artist, Barbara began her experimentation with acrylics, which today form the majority of her works alongside watercolours.

Quoting Barbara: “It is not so much the subject that drives me to paint, but rather to enjoy the sheer indulgence of colour.” 

Her inspiration is derived from the ever-changing scenery as seen from her cliff top home, overlooking Long Bay (Coromandel) and the Hauraki Gulf.

Barbara is one of New Zealand’s most awarded artists, having won a number of National Awards. Additionally, her works now form part of many private and public collections, as well as having been published in numerous art publications worldwide.

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