Harley Weir (b. 1988, Surrey, UK) lives and works in London. In 2010 she graduated from Central St Martins with a BA in Fine Art. Weir’s aesthetic in both her photography and film work references historical precedents and contemporary portraiture and revels in a candid naturalism. Her strikingly organic compositions seem to be made out of the same colour and textures as an Egon Schiele painting. Her photographs are mysterious and unguarded, and there is something personal and pure about the way that she captures her subjects. Weir is a self-taught photographer, working with both analogue and digital techniques and enjoying the opportunities for experimentation offered by the darkroom and in post-production. Magazines that have featured her work include POP, AnOther MagazineAustralian Voguei-D and Dazed and Confused.



Beauty is so subjective, it’s anything that moves me and I think those things are especially moving if I cant explain why. Enjoying a sunset for example is a bizarre pleasure that only humans seem to appreciate and that makes it so mysterious and so intellectual.
- Harley Weir


Solo exhibitions of Harley Weir's work include Sins of a Daughter at Hannah Barry Gallery, London, UK (2022); Walls at MEP, Paris FR (2020); Homes at Fabrica Gallery, Brighton Photo Biennial, Brighton UK (2018); and Boundaries at Foam, Amsterdam NL (2017). Recent group exhibitions include You May Find Yourself... Just Stop Oil at Koppel X, London UK (2023); In the Pink at Parlour, London UK (2023); Danser l'image. Le Ballet national de Marseille direction (LA) HORDE at Le Centre national du costume de scène, Moulins FR (2022); Michael Hoppen Gallery at Paris Photo, Paris FR (2022); Play of Manners at Galerie Balice Hertling, Paris FR (2022); ...and kneeling at the edge of the transparent sea I shall shape for myself a new heart made of salt and mud"at Kupfer Project Space, London UK (2022); The Machine-Gunneress in a State of Grace at New Discretions, New York US (2022); Girls Girls Girls, Lismore Castle Arts, Waterford, Ireland IE (2022); Old Friends, New Friends, Collective Ending HQ, London UK (2021); Crowd, Hannah Barry Gallery, London UK (2020); CLAY, T J Boulting, London UK (2020); Transformer: A Rebirth of Wonder, 180 The Strand, London UK (2019); rubbish_1, with Wilson Oryema, Soft Opening, London UK (2022); The Belly and the Members, curated by Antonia Marsh at Cob Gallery, London UK (2017). Weir has published six books: Homes with Loose Joints (2017), Paintings with Loose Joints (2017), Function with Baron (2018), Iran for the Louis Vuitton Fashion Eye collection (2018), Father with IDEA (2019) and Code Red with IDEA x Beauty Papers (2022). 


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