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 Jan Taylor Weeks  (20/21st century)

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Lived/Active: District Of Columbia/Tennessee      Known for: landscape, portrait, figure, flower painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
A long way from her upbringing in rural Mississippi near the Mississippi River, Jan Taylor Weeks has studied, taught, and exhibited with the community of painters of The Marchutz School in Aix-en-Provence, France.  An Artist-in-Residence at the school, she regularly paints in and around Aix-en-Provence.

Weeks studied art and psychology at Rhodes College, graduating with distinction and has been teaching for The Washington Accueil Association of The Embassy of France in Washington, DC, since 1995.

Selected Group Exhibitions:

“L'Ecole Marchutz, 25 Ans”, Musee Granet, and "nouvelles voies:  7 artistes et l'ecole marchutz", Institute of American Universities, Aix-en-Provence, France

"The Marchutz School, Four Artists/Teachers" and "Fourteen Artists", La Maison Francaise, The Embassy of France, Washington DC;

Paintings from the "Route de Cezanne", Palm Beach, Florida;  

The Provence Collection and Fourteen International Artists, Atlanta, Georgia.

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

The Washington Accueil Association,

La Maison Francaise at the Embassy of France

L'Alliance Francaise, Washington DC.

Artist Statement:
"My work strives to be a harmonious visual poetry of color, light, and movement.  More and more, that is the way I see and feel the world around me.  But perhaps it was also the way it began.  And I am finding my return.

The great French Romantic painter Eugene Delacroix said it was cruel, harsh reality from which he fled in Art.

In my work I try to express only the essential, as in written poetry, and I try to feel and intuit and improvise, as in jazz.

An important part of my visual experience is ‘taking in the whole’ which when it is working best, conveys a sense of astonishment at the mystery and harmony of creation.  In seeking to share this sensation, I am hoping to evoke it."
Jan Taylor Weeks, 2007

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