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 James (Darrell Northrup) Weeks  (1922 - 1998)



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Lived/Active: California      Known for: mod figurative, genre, landscape and interior paintings

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BIOGRAPHY for James Weeks
1922 (Oakland, California)


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A painter and instructor of painting, James Weeks taught at the San Francisco Art Institute from 1958 to 1967, the University of California in Los Angeles from 1967 to 1970, and at Boston University from 1970 where he was Chairman of the Art Department.

Source: Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art"

Biography from LewAllen Galleries:
Figurative painter James Weeks was born in 1922 in Oakland, California, to bandleader Ansel Weeks and classical pianist Ruth Daly.  Considered a member of the first generation of Bay Area Figuration, his work is characterized by a signature "flattened" style, bold outlining of brilliant color fields, and aggressive, interlocking shapes.  His influences range from European Modernists Henri Matisse and Max Beckmann to California Modernist Maynard Dixon and Mexican muralist Clemente Orozco.
His works from this period are especially valued for their exceptional balance between color and form, as well as, their clear exploration of light and space. Unlike other members of Bay Area Figuration, Weeks never experimented in a non-objective style. He painted "the darker side of American culture": jazz clubs and sports arenas. His characters do not represent an everyman or seek to convey a universal truth about humanity; rather, they serve as social commentary.

James Weeks held teaching positions at the San Francisco Art Institute (1958-1967), where his colleagues included artistic luminaries Richard Diebenkorn and Elmer Bischoff; the University of California, LA (1967-1970), and Boston University where he acted as Chairman of the Art Department.

The work of James Weeks can be found in the collections of such prominent institutions as the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC; and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

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