Promises We Should Keep Together (no.3) Painting by Andrew Weir

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Hanging on my studio wall.
Detail w/ polaroid collage.

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Painting: Acrylic, Spray Paint, Ink, Polaroid on Canvas, Paper, Plastic.

"Promises We Should Keep Together (no.3)" was inspired by my visit to Seoul in April of 2019 to attend my solo exhibition at the Jinsan Gallery. The title is taken from signage in the Bukchon Hanok Village area in Seoul. This is a 600 year old beautiful traditional Korean village located on the top of a hill between Gyeongbok Palace, Changdeok Palace and Jongmyo Royal Shrine. Provisionally, this name will also be the title for the collection of (large scale) paintings that I’ve been working on since my return from South Korea in April. The focus of this collection is to explore a specific color palette, symbols & imagery.

My work is interested in exploring the emotional response of moving from one culture to another and continues to pursue my fascination with the relationship between symbols (for example language and mythological symbolism) and the possibility of meaning that they contain. How one series of lines can be immediately recognized as holding meaning to someone while to another they are (at that moment) meaningless.

This recognition of the power of symbols shapes our perceptions of the world and consequently directly affect how (and why) we act.

Moreover, these systems of symbols which we have created and use to communicate have a fragile and ephemeral nature. Words lose their 'original' meaning and change. Languages are lost, discovered and created. Symbols which were once taboo and progressive become pedestrian and mundane.

These tools (symbols) which we use are pathways to understanding our past, present and where we want to be as individuals and as societies in the future.

This transience is acknowledged through my working process. I am more interested in the actual process as opposed to the completion...which borrows from ideas held within Wabi-sabi (侘寂)

I work and re-work my paintings adding, removing layers until a form appears which I then develop upon.

This piece is produced on high quality (wide edge) canvas and is protected with a matt varnish.

***This piece is set to be shipped unstretched (rolled in a PVC tube) as it is cheaper for the collector. However, If you would like for it to be shipped stretched on a wide frame (as seen in the images) please let me know (this will increase the shipping cost)


Promises We Should Keep Together (no.3)

Andrew Weir



Size: 47.2 W x 62.9 H x 1.6 in

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