Mike Barr spent the first 15 years of his like in the UK. He now lives in South Australia. His first artistic milestone was taking part in a group exhibition when he was only 18 years of age. It was not as a painter however, but a potter. After a large break where he dabbled every few years or so in oils and watercolours, he started in earnest about 7 years ago in acrylics. Since that time he has aquired over 40 awards and has works in collections around the world. He has written feature articles both in Australia and the UK. Beaches and moody rainy-day streets are favourite subjects, as he "enjoys the effects of shadow, light and reflection".
Mike recently gained national recognition in Australia by being published in an historical work on Melbourne. The history of the city has been published through the eyes of its artists.The Art of Being Melbourne included Australian greats as Roberts, Sir Arthur Streeton, McCubbin, Amore, Smart.