Mathew Weir

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Mathew Weir, born in Ipswich, England in 1977, is an English artist.[1] He studied at the Royal College of Art, London.[2]


Weir is best known for fusing imagery of ceramic figurines with his archive of landscapes to create complex narratives with exquisite yet melancholic auras.[3]

He has said both his paintings and sculptures "formulate visual ideas where words or language may fail, or seem insufficient",.[4]

By using fragments of pre-existing imagery to make his oil paintings. He draws on a specific tradition of 18th and 19th century decorative art like the ceramic figurine as well as more culturally loaded objects.[5].

Weir's paintings often reference the excess of death-obsessed, overwrought Victoriana with red-faced Victorians and peculiar penitents rise up from among the writhing foliage in his paintings[6].


In 2012 Alison Jacques Gallery published a Mathew Weir catalogue with an essay by Brian Dillon.

Recent museum exhibitions include: Beyond Reality, British Painting Today, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague (2012); Passion Fruits Picked from the Olbricht Collection, me Collectors Room, Berlin (2010); Lebenslust & Totentanz, Kunsthalle Krems, Krems (2010); and Wonderland - Through the Looking Glass, KadE. Amersfoort (2009)[7].

In 2016 he exhibited in group show Nature Morte, Contemporary Artists Reinvigorating the Still Life, Konsthallen Bohuslän Museum, Sweden.[8]

He has also exhibited in group shows in Hå gamle prestegard, Stavanger, Norway; Beers Contemporary, London; FLAG Art Foundation, New York City; The Nunnery, London; Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague; Zwingenberger, me Collectors Room, Berlin; Kunsthalle Krems, Krems, Austria; KadE, Amersfoort, Netherlands; and the Royal College of Art, London.[9]



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External links[edit]

  • ^ "Mathew Weir Biography – Mathew Weir on artnet". 
  • ^ "Mathew Weir Biography – Mathew Weir on artnet". 
  • ^ "Mathew Weir at the Alison Jacques Gallery, London". The Art Circus. 
  • ^ Davey, Charlotte (28 March 2011). "Mathew Weir: The Fractured Word". Dazed. Retrieved 23 June 2017. 
  • ^ "Artists in residence open studios to the public". Wales. 17 February 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2017. 
  • ^ Searle, Adrian (19 July 2005). "Don't look now". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 June 2017. 
  • ^ Jacques, Alison. "MATHEW WEIR | 5 July - 3 August 2013". Alison Jacques Gallery. Retrieved 27 June 2017. 
  • ^ "CV — Mathew Weir". Mathew Weir. Retrieved 23 June 2017. 
  • ^ "CV — Mathew Weir". Mathew Weir. Retrieved 23 June 2017. 
  • ^ "Mathew Wier (December 2013-February 2014) | Aberystwyth Arts Centre". Retrieved 23 June 2017. 
  • ^ "PDF CV - Alison Jacques Gallery" (PDF). Retrieved 23 June 2017. 
  • ^ "CV — Mathew Weir". Mathew Weir. Retrieved 23 June 2017. 
  • ^ "CV — Mathew Weir". Mathew Weir. Retrieved 23 June 2017.