Already a recognised artist in New Zealand, Melbourne-based Weir's rich connection with the land unfolds in his powerful abstract paintings.
Weir's story is exceptional. A self-taught artist, he developed a unique engagement with indigenous life and culture during six years working within Aboriginal communities in the Kakadu, ten years absorbing the wild landscapes of New Zealand and his late awakening to the work of 20th century European and American masters Antoni Tapies, Pierre Soulages, Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline.
In recent years, Weir has exhibited regularly and successfully at the prestigious Auckland Gallery Orex Art. In 2008/2009, Weir received a major commission from by Crowne Plaza Hotel in Auckland to create a signature series of large works on paper which are now on permanent display.
Rex Armstrong, from Orex Art, says of Weir's work: 'Everything comes from somewhere. I think David Weir's work is deeply immersed in his experiences of the land... David has filtered these things, rooted them, made them part of himself. There is an NZ Maori saying "you don't walk on the land, you become part of it". And I think that is paralleled by the Aboriginal spirit of place. So then David Weir brings a deep insight into the land from an immersion into the mystery and grandeur of the Kakadu, uniquely combining it with New Zealand's dark westerly shores, the windswept west coast that inspired Gillian Armstrong's film The Piano, and Colin McCahon's later paintings. Painting comes from somewhere; in David's work it comes from the dark rock fissures, the brooding deep within.'
In Weir's words: 'You walk through the landscape and sense it, your emotions are stirred up when the smell of the bush intoxicates your body, or you simply feel the first rains of the wet season.'