Find, Learn, Price Art
Enjoy the comprehensive art database we've compiled since 1987
Membership Details
Images, sales charts, bios, signatures, 30 artist Alerts and more ...
Art auction records:  Millions of references for pricing research
Or, register for Free Alerts
To track 10 artists.

Already a member?  Sign in here

James Weeks

 (1922 - 1998)
James (Darrell Northrup) Weeks was active/lived in California.  James Weeks is known for mod figurative, genre, landscape and interior paintings.

James Weeks

Biography from the Archives of askART

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.

** If you discover credit omissions or have additional information to add, please let us know at

Share an image of the Artist

  Full access to biographies is
  free each Friday

About  James Weeks

Born:  1922 - Oakland, California
Died:   1998
Known for:  mod figurative, genre, landscape and interior paintings