Jan Barwick’s work, inspired by living in the South Pacific Islands, Cayman Islands and Florida, has a recognizable palette of bold color, with cerise, turquoise, tangerine and citrus, capturing the vivid flowers and marine life of the Caribbean and Key West. Jan became intoxicated with the vibrant colors of tropical plants, exotic birds, azure waters, flying fish and captivating sunsets. “I was seduced and my imagination enriched, giving me a lasting love of color and nature.”
Her paintings might best be described as magic realism, capturing a paradisal world, more likely to be discovered in dreams than reality. There is something primitive in their expression, echoing the dream time pictures of the Aborigines.
About three years ago, encouraged by her sister Miranda, Jan started to design a collection
based around her underwater reef paintings, and thus the Bairiki brand was “born"...
Miranda and Jan have chosen to name the brand ‘Bairiki ’, part of the atoll of Tarawa in Kiribati, South Pacific, where they lived with their family for six years in the 1960’s and where Miranda was born. Her art always hints at ethereal and transient beauty, and is particularly resonant since Kiribati, where she grew up, is the first nation that will be reclaimed by the sea because of climate change.
Bairiki by Jan Barwick showcases her original paintings and also highlights elements from the paintings into stunningly visual, high design images that translate into beautiful home goods, clothing, accessories, resort and gift products.
Bairiki by Jan Barwick also offers private label and product development. The possibilities are endless ...
In 2018, Bairiki by Jan Barwick is introducing the Bairiki Reef and Bairiki Beach Collections.
A portion of the sales from the Bairiki Reef and Bairiki Beach collections will be donated to help in the fight to save our oceans.
At Bairiki by Jan Barwick we care about our reefs and Oceans. A portion of sales from Bairiki will be donated to the organization "eXXpedition". This is a series of pioneering all-female sailing voyages to raise awareness of, and solutions for, the devastating environmental and health impacts of single-use plastic and toxics in the world’s oceans.