Myth & Legend

Daniel Reeve and Michael Barker: The Artist as Storyteller

30 Oct – 13 Dec 2020, Toi Gallery

Two New Zealand artists, Daniel Reeve and Michael Barker, explore myths and legends from around the world, from ancient to contemporary.

In Myth and Legend, Daniel and Michael use traditional techniques of brush, pencil and pen on canvas and fine art paper to interpret a range of myths (a narrative with elements of fantasy and the supernatural) and legends (a folktale often involving historical figures, enriched overtime with elements of fantasy). The exhibition also includes miniatures and hero props.


Daniel Reeve is a freelance artist from Titahi Bay who is most well-known for his calligraphy and cartography work for film and television projects. These include The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, Mortal Engines, the Narnia movies, King Kong and Van Helsing. He also creates illustration, lettering work, logos, fonts, tattoo designs, and other graphic art, as well as exhibiting and selling paintings. His paintings and calligraphic pieces are represented in private collections in New Zealand and overseas.

Michael Barker lives and works from his home on the slopes of Mt Te Aroha. His works range from photorealistic landscapes and studies of the natural world to historical studies, works of fantasy and the world of JRR Tolkien. 

Michael was awarded Watercolour New Zealand’s Supreme Award in 2017. His work was featured in the Great War Exhibition in Wellington. A trained teacher, Michael also devotes his time to fostering the arts in both children and adults.