Barbara Weir was born in 1945, Barbara’s mother (Minnie Pwerle) is Aboriginal and her father is Irish. Barbara was fostered out to various families, first in Alice Springs, then in Victoria, and Darwin.
In the late 1960s Barbara returned to Utopia. There she was re-united with Emily Kame Kngwarreye, who had looked after her as a child.
On returning to her home and her unique relationship with Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Barbara painted in the same Utopia style. Every painting was snapped up by private collectors.