Barbara von Seida

Barbara von Seida

Waikato Society Of Arts Members Exhibition

Hibiscus & Bays Art Awards

Born in Germany, Barbara trained for 5 years in Art and Design (3 years in textiles and 2 years in ceramic/product design) at Fachhochschule (University of Applied Sciences -- design faculty) in Krefeld, Germany. After graduating in the textile medium, Barbara worked as an employee with, amongst others, the international company Vereinigte Seidenwebereien A.G. (United Silk Weaving Company) in Krefeld, and also as a freelance fabric designer.

In 1984, Barbara migrated to south-west Ireland where she established a studio and became widely known for her creative achievements in both ceramics and watercolour painting. In 1990 she moved to New Zealand and established the Kowhai Water Colour Studio in Coromandel, and in 1993 was joined by local artist Patrick Greene. 2004 saw the opening of a fully dedicated gallery in her new cliff top home, overlooking Long Bay. In April 2005 Barbara attended The Julian Ashton Art School, Sydney and studied under the tutelage of David Briggs and Rod Wong.

Barbara´s paintings form part of numerous private and corporate collections, both in New Zealand and overseas, including that of internationally recognised artist and collector, the late Roy Dalgarno.  


Barbara's last solo exhibition, "Expression in Colour" took place at the Mairangi Art Centre (North Shore, Auckland) in March 2016 and the guest speaker was the well known Auckland art commentator, Terry (TJ) McNamara, who in his opening address, remarked (in part) as follows:

"In my view the winner of the runner-up prize (to the Supreme Award at the 2015 Hibiscus & Bays Art Awards ) had to be someone who was a highly accomplished painter who could fill this space, as in wonderful measure Barbara has done.

This is a rich, almost overwhelming exhibition of completely convincing paintings. The colour here is magnificent I think, in its drama and the coherence of each work. I admire the technique that produces the flatness of the water going in and the ruggedness of the hills. What you are seeing is the work of a very, very accomplished painter."

LATEST NEWS: (Updated 22 October 2017)

At last Barbara has returned to painting with renewed gusto!!

After a long period of being away from painting (brought about by health issues within the family), Barbara has begun painting again in a style that in many ways, expresses through colour, her feelings and emotions that have dominated her life over the last year and a half.

New treatment, new subject matter.

"The 2017 Coromandel Open Studios Arts Tour" has now finished. The wet weather of the 1st weekend saw the numbers attending well down on last year, however fine, warm weather for the last weekend saw numbers soar again. Overall, the participating artists felt the tour was another success, with sales matching previous years levels.

Planning for the October 2018 tour has already begun, so watch this space for confirmed dates in due course.

Remember, many artists galleries/studios remain open year round. Please ring beforehand so as to avoid disappointment. You can also make enquiries at the Coromandel Town I-site -- Ph. 07 8668598 or visit the I-site website

Some late news --- Barbara's painting "Charged" was judged Best Landscape in show at the recently concluded Waitakere Trusts Art Awards at Henderson, and her painting "Full Bloom I" was placed 2nd at the Art Waikino Exhibition which ends tomorrow (23 Oct.)

Additionally, Barbara has 2 entries in the Annual Waikato Society of Arts members exhibition at ArtsPost in Hamilton (open until 20 November 2017), , and has had one painting accepted for the Hibiscus and Bays Art Awards, to be held at the Mairangi Arts Centre, Mairangi Bay (opening Thurs. 09 November -- closing 10 December 2017). 


Planning is underway for Barbara's next Solo Exhibition to be held at the Art Matakana Gallery, east of Warkworth, in February 2018. More details to come.


Remember to view Barbara's episode of "Colour in Your Life", by visiting
It has now had almost 24,000 viewings since it was placed on Youtube, and Barbara is still surprised with all the compliments viewers continue to send to her.




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