Barbara Weir was born in 1945 at Bundy River Station in the region of Utopia, North East of Alice Springs; her mother the late Minnie Pwerle, renowned Utopia and Australian artist, and her father an Irish station owner Jack Weir.
In midlife, Weir began to explore Aboriginal artistic traditions. She first painted in 1989 at the age of about 45. Five years later in 1994, she was one of a group of ten Utopia women who travelled to study batik in Indonesia.
Barbara Weir’s exhibition history is extensive, and anyone who has the pleasure of spending time with Barbara will hear of her vast travels throughout America, Europe and Asia to paint and exhibit her work. As Barbara enters her 70s, she shows no signs of slowing down and continues a considerable travel and exhibition schedule. She remains a great inspiration to those around her.
In January 2009, Barbara was listed in the top 50 of Australia’s most collectable artists in the Australian Art Collector Magazine, alongside Emily Kame Kngwarreye and a handful of other indigenous artists. She is a highly collectible artist, and one that continues to grow in stature.