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Exhibition of paintings by Internationally renowned, local Military Artist, Barry Spicer, at The Tea Tree Gully Library.
Following his successful Exhibition at the SA Aviation Museum, Port Adelaide, Internationally renowned local Military Artist, Barry Spicer, in conjunction with the Tea Tree Gully Council takes great pleasure in inviting you to his exhibition displayed in the entrance foyer of the Tea Tree Gully Library.
Barry was honoured with the title of official artist to 'Australian Army Aviation' ( AAAvn) in 2008 and recently has been named as the Regimental artist for the Army's 1st Armoured Regiment after completing a number of related paintings, one of which recently appeared on the cover of their newly released book covering the history of the 1st Armoured Regiment, entitled Contact Tank…Wait Out.
He has enjoyed drawing in pencil for as long as he can remember and the satisfaction he gets from the act of making lines and shades on a flat surface grow into recognisable objects has never left him.
Spitfire over Kirriwina Island.
A strong influence in his young life was an uncle whose hobby was making plastic models of aircraft and tanks. Barry always admired them when he visited and often drew pictures of the completed kits. That planted the seed for an interest in military hardware, which much later in life became the focus of many of his paintings.
After years working in unrelated jobs, at the age of 33 he learnt how to paint, first with an airbrush and then with oils, gleaning as much information as possible from books and magazines.
His first commissioned painting came in 1996 when he approached a gallery in Adelaide – it was of an Orion maritime aircraft – and a run of limited edition prints were made. An F/A-18 Hornet was soon to follow along with a Boeing 707 for the same gallery.
The Orion, maritime aircraft
Since then Barry has completed many commissions for a number of RAAF and Army units as well as paintings and drawings for galleries, private collectors and companies, for use on stamps, coins, books, model box lids or as limited edition prints.