Holmes à Court Gallery in association with DACOU, Dreaming Art Centre of Utopia brings you work by Utopian artist Barbara Weir.
Barbara Weir has excited audiences all over the world with highly compelling abstract canvases that masterfully evoke a timeless illusion of depth and subtle rhythmic movement. It is an art that is as remarkable in its exquisite expression as is the story of her life. Her journey has been one of extraordinary courage, determination and achievement.
Barbara is one of Aboriginal Australia’s stolen generations. Daughter of Minnie Pwerle, at the time of her abduction at age nine she was in the custodianship of her grandmother, Emily Kngwarreye. Separated from her family for over ten years when she was able to return it was her grandmother who helped her successful integration into her family, the community and traditional life. Active and well respected in the Utopia community her career as an artist was inspired by the dynamic community of artists at Utopia and the work of Emily Kame Kngwarreye. Emily’s work had a profound impact on her and in the early 1990s she began seriously to explore her artistic talents.
She is a versatile and passionate artist whose love for the country is reflected in each canvas she paints. Highly skilled in the use of dot work and ingenious in her use of lines and texture she is continually pushing the boundaries, experimenting with new mediums and new forms of patterning.
Barbara Weir will be talking about her life and work at 4pm on Sunday 15 February at the Gallery.