Barry Cleavin was born in Dunedin in 1939 and now lives and works in Christchurch. He has produced a remarkable body of work, chiefly as a maker of etchings, although recent images have been digitally rendered. Usually figurative, sometimes surreal, and often cryptic, the images expose a very individual commentary of the world and its inhabitants. Since 1966, Cleavin has exhibited widely throughout New Zealand in both solo and group exhibitions, including two surveys of his work: "Ewe & Eye" at Auckland Art Gallery 1982, and "The Elements of Doubt" at the Robert McDougall Art Gallery in 1987. Cleavin was also the senior lecturer of Printmaking at the University of Canterbury School of Art from 1978 – 1990 and has been the recipient of various awards including a Fulbright Fellowship to work at the Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque in 1983, and the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in 2001.