Babara Weir is the daughter of Minnie Pwerle, one of Utopias most well known and respected artists who remains one of the most collectable and well respected women artists in Australia. A victim of the stolen generation, Barbara was taken from her family as a young child and assimilated into white society.
It was not until the 1960’s that Barbara returned to her homeland of Utopia and was taken under the wing of Emily Kame Kngwarreye, arguably the most famous and sought after female Aboriginal artists. The bond between mentor and student was so strong that Barbara referred to Emily as ÐAunty EmilyÓ.
Undoubtedly it was this relationship that has influenced her painting style as much as her experience as a member of the Stolen Generation. The potent fusion of traditional Aboriginal spirituality and modern white culture that characterises Barbaras work has seen her reach wide acclaim in Australia and internationally.