Barbara Weir was born circa 1940 at what was formerly known as Bundy Station in the Utopia region. Her country is Atnwengerrp and her language is Anmatyerre and Alyawarr.
Barbara’s dynamic ‘Grass Seed’ paintings are evocative of the shimmering fields of native grasses at Utopia and honour her Aboriginal elders’ traditional ways of living on the land. She creates mesmerising works of art depicting the tiny seeds through her fine mark making and stunning colour combinations. Learn more about Barbara Weir here.
This piece was painted in 2020 and is 200cm x 200cm in size.
This artwork is currently stretched.
This artwork is apart of the Tandanya 30th year anniversary exhibition in collaboration with Pwerle Gallery called ‘Atnwengerrp – Our Apmere, Our Place’. It will be provided with a certificate of authenticity by Pwerle Gallery which will also be stamp certified by Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute.
Barbara’s main inspiration is her Mother’s Country and the Atnwengerrp women’s ceremonies. In the background of her paintings, Barbara often depicts the temporary campsites that her people made as they trekked across the country in search of food or the coolamans used by the women to collect wild fruits and berries. She sometimes shows the form of a woman’s body adorned with ochre pigments collected from the land in preparation for the ceremonies. Small or large semi-circular shapes represent hills and valleys, and the lines of dry river beds and streams wind across the canvas as they do at Utopia. There may also be an outline of a person or unusual shapes that convey Dreaming spirits that dwell in the plant and animal life.
Barbara overlays these drawings with a complex arrangement of dots that depict the diverse bush tucker found on the land. These include the bush yam, bush potato, bush berry, bush plum, bush banana and the ever-important grass seed that was once vital to the people’s survival. This particular edible grass seed was collected by the people and then cleaned and ground into a paste to form a bread called bush damper. Barbara may also paint an area with a dark colour to represent the path of a fire that has swept across the land that will generate new growth.
This equiste piece by Barbara also has ochre and ash from the Gidgee tree (also known as Acacia cambagei) from her Mother’s country through out this piece. Truly a rare and collectable piece.
All the artwork provided is done on with highest quality linen canvas, acrylic paints, oils and brushes ensuring the longevity of each piece of work.