Artist Gavin Weir

Duke of Wellington

Gavin Weir

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Media Oil
Type Figure/Life
Price £950.00 / $1152.33
Size 57 x 57 cm
Ref 23142

Birch Tree I

Gavin Weir

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Media Watercolour
Type Landscape/Seascape
Price £400.00 / $485.19
Size 74 x 46 cm
Ref 23987

Birch Tree III

Gavin Weir

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Media Watercolour
Type Landscape/Seascape
Price £500.00 / $606.49
Size 71 x 91 cm
Ref 23989

St Andrew's Pine

Gavin Weir

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Media Oil
Type Landscape/Seascape
Price £510.00 / $618.62
Size 56 x 32 cm
Ref 23487

Kelvingrove Spring

Gavin Weir

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Media Oil
Type Landscape/Seascape
Price £700.00 / $849.09
Size 68 x 44 cm
Ref 23712

Douglas Fir

Gavin Weir

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Media Oil
Type Landscape/Seascape
Price £720.00 / $873.35
Size 43 x 88 cm
Ref 23489

Loch Fyne Pine

Gavin Weir

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Media Oil
Type Landscape/Seascape
Price £400.00 / $485.19
Size 40 x 30 cm
Ref 23710

Balmaha Hawthorne

Gavin Weir

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Media Oil
Type Landscape/Seascape
Price £650.00 / $788.44
Size 56 x 56 cm
Ref 23711

Speirs Birch

Gavin Weir

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Media Oil
Type Landscape/Seascape
Price Sold
Size 50 x 70 cm
Ref 23488

Gavin Scott Weir

I create images of the urban built environment, focusing on the complex perspectives that are created by the architecture and city planning; I am fascinated by the volumes of space and how humanity fits into these unnatural massive scales.

I seek to capture the juxtaposition of ideas that the built environment encapsulates, sometimes architecturally arbitrary, at others intentionally harmonious, Scottish cities are exciting visual experiences.I strive to create realism; I believe that an intensive realist approach is necessary to focus attention equally on the immense manmade structures and minuscule detail. I want to show the drama of these spaces in my painting; the changing complex conditions of nature, weather and light that affects our perception of built environment and make it new, unexpected, fresh and exciting, I seek to remind myself and others of the aesthetic value of these spaces so influential.

I choose this subject matter because the built environment is a vivid record of history as well as it holds our visions of the future and because these spaces hold such strong personal meaning for those who live in them.Growing up and travelling around North America, I was immediately drawn to works by American realist tradition artists such as Richard Estes, John Salt, Robert Bechtle and Edward Hopper, their work captures the transience of time and place. I feel these artists have a visual language that is direct as well as honest which makes their painting simultaneously nostalgic but timeless and life affirming. The urban landscape for me is a powerful subject matter, as it is a universally shared environment; a visually rich subject matter, full of symbolism, metaphor, analogies, narratives the mundane and the spiritual.

Gavin lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland. He divides his time between being a professional artist and teaching art and design in secondary education. He works in a variety of media including painting, drawing, printmaking and lens based media.

He enjoys cooking, travelling, music and outdoor sports; such as cycling, archery and hillwalking. He lives with his wife, artist Audrey Elizabeth Weir and their to two beautiful daughters Isla, born in 2013 and Aoife born in 2015.

Gavin is the 4th out of 5 children born to Glaswegian parents Alex & Jean. He was born and raised in British Columbia, Canada. His father was a high pressure welder and his mother was an auxiliary nurse. The family travelled were the work was, living in a number of places in North America before returning to the UK when Gavin was 12. They first settled in Glasgow before continuing to travel, living in various parts of the UK. Whilst the family were living in Bournemouth tragedy struck when Gavin’s father passed away suddenly.

Gavin loved art and it was always his dream to go to art school but growing up with dyslexia in the 70s and 80s he thought a university education wasn’t an option for him. He left school and was taken on as a trainee chef. During this time he realised he shouldn’t let anything prevent him from achieving his goals. He studied part time to gain the qualifications he needed for university. He then studied for his HND in Art & Design before moving to Brighton to complete his BA (hons) in Fine Art, Drawing & Painting.In 1997, the summer he graduated he moved back up to Glasgow. By the end of his first month in the city he met his wife, whilst volunteering in a visual arts outreach project. Over the next few years he split his time between working as an artist and running visual art community education programmes. He finally came to terms with his dyslexia by completing his post graduate in teacher training at Strathclyde University in 2003. He has taught Art and Design in Secondary education full time alongside his studio practise ever since.

Since 2007 Gavin has been committed to painting his highly realist landscapes, inspired by the Scottish environment and architecture. Gavin showcased his new direction in 2012 when he had his first solo exhibition since he began teaching. The exhibition was a great success, with very positive reviews.

Born in Canada, British Columbia 1972. Lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland.

Education

2002- 2003: Strathclyde University, Glasgow, P.G.C.E (Teacher Training), Art & Design

1994- 1997: Brighton University, Brighton, BA (Hon’s) Fine Art (Drawing & Painting

1992- 1994: Bournemouth & Pool Polytechnic, HND General Art & Design, Grade Merit.

Professional Employment

2003 – O/G: Renfrewshire Council, Teacher of Art & Design, Secondary Education, Paisley 2002 – 2003: Glasgow City Council, Galleries & Museums Education Dept, Visual Arts Tutor, Glasgow

1997 – 2003: Various Arts Organisations & SEN Schools; Visual Arts Tutor & Educational Support, Glasgow

Awards, Prizes & Residencies

2002; Summer School Residency, Visual Arts Tutor, Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow

Selected Exhibitions 2015: 516 Gallery, Group Show, Glasgow

2014: Art Exposure Group Show, Glasgow

2013: Motherwell Concert Hall; Solo Exhibition, Motherwell

2012: RGI Kelly Gallery, Christmas Show, Glasgow

RGI Kelly Gallery, Glasgow Town; Portrait of a City, Solo exhibition, Glasgow

Merchant City Festival, WASPs, South Block, Glasgow

2011: WASPs, Annual Open, The Briggait, Glasgow

Merchant City Festival, WASPs, The Briggait, Glasgow 2010: RGI Annual Exhibition, Mitchell Library, Glasgow

Transmission Gallery, Summer Show, Glasgow

All The Young Nudes, The Arthouse, Space Made Live, Glasgow 2009: PAI Drawing Exhibition, Paisley Museum & Art Gallery, Paisley

Hidden Lane Gallery, Group Show, GlasgowMcTears, Scottish Contemporary Art Auction, Glasgow

Ardgowan Hospice, Charity Auction, Glasgow 2008: Phoenix Centre, Artist Network, Summer & Winter Shows, Glasgow

Gallery 23, Spring & Winter Shows, Glasgow

Aspect Prize Exhibition, Paisley Museum & Art Galleries, Paisley

Hidden Lane Gallery, Group Show, Glasgow 2007: Aspect Prize Exhibition, Paisley Museum & Art Galleries, Paisley

Paisley Art Institute, Paisley Museum & Art Galleries, Paisley

Arteries Gallery, Spring Show, Glasgow 2006: Arteries Gallery, Winter Show, Glasgow

Gallery 23, Winter Show, Glasgow

Arteries Gallery, Edinburgh Art Festival, Glasgow 2006 - 2011: Stable Gallery, Photographic Work, Inveraray Argyll 2005: Natural Elements, Winter Show, Inveraray. Argyll

Arteries Gallery, Winter Show, Glasgow Transmission Gallery, Summer Show, Glasgow

Gallery 23, Spring Show, Glasgow 2004: Transmission Gallery, Summer Show, Glasgow 2003: Paper Engine, 2 Man Show, Glasgow

The Observatory, Solo Show, Glasgow Transmission Gallery, Summer Show, Glasgow 2002: Compass Gallery, Winter Show, Glasgow

Artlink Exchange, Mini-Print, Hull, England

Nancy Smillie Gallery, Print Exhibition, Glasgow

Emerging Artist Partnership, Decourcy’s, Glasgow

Art Exposure, Glasgow

Art for Europe, Scottish Enterprise, Scotland House, Brussels 2001: Compass Gallery, Winter Show, Glasgow

Art for Europe, Scottish Enterprise, Scotland House, Brussels

Nancy Smillie Gallery, Print Exhibition, Glasgow

Emerging Artist Partnership, Decourcy’s, Glasgow 2000 - 2006: Scotlandart.com, Giffnock, Scotland 2000: Art Exposure, Winter Show, Glasgow

Glasgow Print Studio, Print Exhibition, Glasgow

Cossachok, Solo Show, Glasgow

Artlink Exchange, Mini-Print, Hull, England

Nancy Smillie Gallery, Print Exhibition, Glasgow

Emerging Artist Partnership, Decourcy’s, Glasgow 1999: Art Exposure, Winter Show, Glasgow

Nancy Smillie Gallery, Print Exhibition, Glasgow

McChuills, Two Man Show, Glasgow

Emerging Artist Partnership, Decourcy’s, Glasgow 1998: Art Exposure, Winter Show, Glasgow

CCA, Solo Show, Glasgow

Nancy Smillie Gallery, Print Exhibition, Glasgow 1997: Brighton University, Degree Show, Brighton

The Argus, Brighton Fringe Festival, Brighton

Swiss Cottage Central Library Galleries, Undergraduate Group Show, London 1996: Cut Gallery, Undergraduate Group Show, South LondonPresswww.eveningtimes.co.uk/mobile/features/gavin-puts-city-streets-ahead.18807831Private Collections

Private Collections in the UK, Belgium, Sweden, Australia, USA and CanadaPrivate CommissionsGavin has produced a number of artworks for a variety of private commissions, including businesses.