John Weeks (painter)
John Weeks OBE (8 June 1886 – 10 September 1965) was a Devonshire born artist who was one of the most influential staff members at the Elam Art School of the University of Auckland, where he taught from 1930 to 1954.
Weeks came to New Zealand as a child with his parents in 1892. He commenced part-time study at the Elam School of Fine Art in 1908, with further training at Sydney Technical College just prior to World War I. During the war he served in France with the New Zealand Medical Corps and some small watercolours from this time are held by the Auckland Museum. He broke his arms and one leg. He continued his studies after the war at the Canterbury College School of Art.
In 1930 Weeks joined the staff at Elam where he was an influential and popular lecturer, representing a more 'modernist' approach than his contemporaries, until his retirement in 1954. In January 1949 much of Weeks' best work was destroyed in a fire at Elam, while he had over 300 of his paintings assembled for selection for a forthcoming exhibition.
John Weeks was awarded the OBE for services to painting in 1958.
After his death on 10 September 1965, around 150 of his works were selected by friends and colleagues for purchase by the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust and sent to several major New Zealand galleries.
- Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki: Works by John Weeks
- Works in the collection of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
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