All About Matt Weir
“I believe I grew up in a fortunate environment. Meaning I lived near a forested park and adjoining woods. This regular physical and psychological exposure to nature, the environment and its elements ushered my early proclivity to constructive methods and sculptural materials.”
Matt Weir graduated Cum Laude with a BFA from the University of Louisville Hite Art Institute with minors in Humanities and Art History in 2004. Throughout that time in school he was busy apprenticing with a diverse set of professional artists, studios and a bronze art foundry. Matt’s time associated with the Bright Foundry lasted for approximately 15 years. In 2016 Bright Foundry closed permanently and he co-organized a team to succeed it as Falls Art Foundry, an important resource to support the legacy of sculptural materials, methods and education in and around Kentucky.
Matt Weir’s personal studio as well as Falls Art Foundry are both located in Louisville, his hometown. He lives with his partner, musician and poet Heather Summers across the river near New Albany, Indiana.
Matt’s work is inspired by prehistory and considerations of fossilized behavior. His work also finds itself responsive to the anthropocentric situation wherein humans are busy altering every place and earth system. Matt considers himself to be a figurative artist due to this inherent self interest. With a naturalist’s inclination to scientific observation his art may be best summarized as Contemporary Works on Nature and Behavior.
Matt Weir is an accomplished artist with works and exhibitions at 21c Museum Hotel, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Actor’s Theater of Louisville, The Kinsey Institute, Swanson Reed Contemporary, Evansville Museum of Art, History and Science and Bernheim Forest amongst many others. His work stands in the collections of the City of Louisville, Oldham County, KY, Vandalia, Ohio, the Shapin- Nicolas collection, 21c Museum, Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, Cave Hill Cemetery, Daimler Chrysler, St. Xavier High School, Maker’s Mark Distillery, University of Louisville and amongst many private collections. Significant commissions include: “Earth Measure,” at Bernheim Forest, a 100 ton assembled and carved stone interactive land art piece. “Presence,” a polychromed aluminum public art ‘sign’ in downtown Louisville, KY. “Panthera tigris,” an over life size realistic bronze tiger sculpture at St. Xavier High School. “At Play in Geologic Time,” his public art stone work created for a nationally juried symposium in Vandalia, Ohio.