David Weir has been painting for thirty years.  His work is a direct expression of his own journey and he constantly seeks to lay bare his experience of life on the canvas. 

When he was 22, David left his Melbourne city life and moved to live and work in Kakadu. For the next seven years, he studied Aboriginal rock art, the culture and sacred stories behind it. Central to his learning was his mentor, the late Bill Niedjie, Senior Traditional Elder for Kakadu’s Gagudju people, spokesperson, author and poet, with whom David formed a close bond. The experience has had a profound effect on David’s life, which he has committed to the pursuit of his art.

Now living back in Melbourne, and working mainly with ink and acrylics on rag paper or linen, Weir’s work is still grounded in his study of rock art and the teachings of Bill Niedjie.  His work is a continuing journey that expresses his relationship with the beauty and power of the land.


Read more about David in our Meet the Artist series!

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