"My approach to painting has been influenced by the countries I have lived in - Scotland, The Netherlands, Japan, Hungary & Germany."
Since 2005 I have lived in countries where English was not the first language. The experience of living in cities where I (initially) couldn't understand the written or spoken word is reflected in my artwork through the imagery used. I enjoy creating an interplay between recognizable and abstract forms. The familiar and the foreign. I am fascinated with the relationship between symbols (e.g. language and mythological symbolism) and the variety of meanings they contain. These communicative systems that we create, modify, and discard have an ephemeral nature. Individual words lose their original meanings and change, and may hold different meanings depending on the user. Whole languages are lost, discovered, and created. Symbols which were once taboo or progressive become irrelevant. These conflicting and transient ideas are a point of confusion, humor and happiness for me. My artworks are a way to share these feelings through a collage of paint layers, motifs, found objects, and text - An Arduous Study on Happiness.
Andrew Weir was born in Scotland. He graduated with a BA (hons) in 2003 from Gray's School of Art (Robert Gordon University) In Aberdeen, Scotland. As part of his degree he also studied at the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts in The Netherlands. He has exhibited in North America, Europe, Australia & Asia. His artwork is held in private collections around the world. Since 2016 he has lived and worked in Regensburg, Germany.
EVENTS & PUBLICATIONS
• Andrew Weir was featured in Saatchi’s Spring Collection 2020 magazine.
• Andrew Weir was included in Saatchi’s Spring Collection 2019 magazine.
• Andrew Weir was included in Saatchi's "9 Emerging Artists to Buy Now" in their Spring Collection 2018 magazine.
• "妖怪 / Yōkai" was featured in the New Abstract Expressionism Paintings Collection on Saatchi Art's homepage.
• "Who The Hell is Herod (Triptych, in pink)" was featured in the New This Week 1-29-2018 Collection on Saatchi Art's homepage.
• Andrew Weir was invited to be interviewed for the Saatchi Art’s One To Watch series for 2018. This was published in April Including a short promotional video.
• "The Ship of Theseus no.2" was featured in the Average Art magazine. The magazine will be published on the 19th January 2018
• “Compulsory Enthusiasm” / “Remains To Be Seen” / “Untitled in Blue” - Were selected to be part of Limited by Saatchi Art, a project offering a new opportunity for people to purchase high-quality limited edition prints (Due to be available from March 2018)
• "And The Whole Thing Became Kabuki no.2" was featured in the New This Week 10-23-2017 Collection on Saatchi Art's
• "The Promise in Naoji's Letter no.2" was featured in the New This Week 10-16-2017 Collection on Saatchi Art
• 'We Are Moments Away' was featured in the promotional video for "Introducing Limited by Saatchi Art" - September 2017
• Featured in the New This Week 7-3-2017 Collection on Saatchi Art's homepage
• Featured in the New Street Art Inspired by Keith Haring Collection on Saatchi Art's homepage (May 2017)
• Featured in Saatchi's New This Week 4-3-2017 Collection
• Featured in Fragile Express' 'Hot List' March 2017
• Featured in the Inspired by Street Art Collection on Saatchi Art's homepage (Feb 2017)
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