ARTIST • MUSICIAN
Wiremu Barriball is a Maori artist & musician born in 1974 at Otaki, New Zealand and belongs to the tribes of Ngati Raukawa, Te Rarawa and Te Ati Awa.
For over 20 years he has developed a career as a full-time artist / musician.
Wiremu is greatly influenced by the art practices and cultural aspects of his ancestral Maori heritage and uses various mediums such canvas, wood, leather, glass and steel to create his works.
He is also a well-known Ta Moko artist and can be found working out of his Porirua based studio 'Revolution Ink' most days of the week.
Wiremu has illustrated and designed many childrens books and resourses and a background in computer graphics provides an opportunity for him to explore ways of fusing technology with his love of sketching and drawing to create his brand of art.
When Wiremu is not creating artwork or doing Ta Moko he is more than likely creating music or performing out and about. He is a producer/songwriter and plays a number of instruments with his main being the guitar.
Wiremu's music career has seen him work with some of NZ's top artists and performers that include Aradhna, Sammy J, Brownhill, David Grace, Ria Hall, Bella Kalolo, Chong nee, & Foundation to name a few, and is a former member of "House of Shem"
Currently, he fronts "Revolution", a six-piece reggae band based in Wellington and also plays lead guitar for internationally acclaimed reggae band "Katchafire".
He has also worked with other well known international acts such as Andrew Tosh, Etana, Nkulee Dube & Fiji.
To sum it all up, Wiremu is following his childhood dream of sustaining a career in music and art, and rather than choose one or the other, he's has mastered the ability to toggle between the his two passions.