Barbara Weir


Barbara Weir was born in 1945 on Bundy River Station in the area of Utopia, Aboriginal Art Regions of Central Australia. Barbara Weir's mother is the late famous Aboriginal Artist Minnie Pwerle. Barbara's father was the Irish station owner, Jack Weir. Barbara was taken from her family and fostered out as one of the 'Stolen Generation' but, in the 1960's she returned to Utopia and stayed with her aunt Emily Kame Kngwarreye.

Barbara was inspired by the dynamic community of artists at Utopia and by her adopted grandmother, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, who had a profound impact on her. In the early 1990's she began seriously to explore her artistic talents. She tried many mediums and in 1994 she went to Indonesia with other artists to explore the art of batik. This gave her new insights into her own process and she returned with plenty of ideas on how to develop her own style.

Barbara is a highly talented, creative, dynamic and hard working artist, who paints in a number of different styles.

She is a highly collectible artist, and one who continues to grow in stature at a steady rate.


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