Barabara was born in c1945 at what was formely known as Bundy station in the Utopia region.
Barbara was taken from her mother the well known aboriginal artist Minnie Pwerle at a very young age of nine and was fosted out to various familys in Alice springs, Darwin and Victoria. These children are now known as the stolen generation.
Barbara was was determined to return to her country and re-claim her heritage.
In the late 1960's Barbara and her children returned to Utopia. Barbara reconnected with her family and community. She was re-united with Emily Kane Kngwarreye who had looked after Barbara as a child. Barbar's interest in painting grew from her unique relationship with Emily and now has emerged as one of Australia's leading artist.
Her country is Atnwnengerp and her language is Anmatyerre and Alyawarr. Barabara's dreaming include "Bush Berry", "My Mother's Country", "Awelye" and her famous "Grass Seed" dreaming.
Barbara uses warm colours and short strokes, which overlap an weave to create the swaying effect of moving grass. This grass is found throughout the year and can grow up to 15cm long and is reddish in colour. The seed is an important staple food of traditional aboriginal communities.
Barbara's painting's have been exhibited extensively throughout Australia and the world including Japan, America and Europe. She is a well documented artist featured in numerous publications and in 2004 was chosen by the Australian Tourist Commission to appear in an advertisment titled "Barbara Weir's Australia".
Barbara is a versatile and passionate artist whose love for her country is reflected in each canvas she paints. She is highly skilled in the use of dot work shown in her depictions of "My Mothers Country" and is ingenious in her use of lines and texture as shown in "Grass Seed Dreaming". Barbara would have to be one of Utopias premier artists. Barbara was recently listed in the top 50 of Australia's most collectable artists, by Australian Art Collector.
Highly recommend one of her paintings in any art lover's collection.
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