Art Weeks is a retired architect proficient in oil landscapes, pastel landscapes, watercolor landscapes, pastel portraits, pastel abstract painting, watercolor abstracts, pen and ink drawings, pen and ink portraits, and photography.
Mr. Weeks is primarily self taught having taken three brief classes with artists Marian Alstad, Minneapolis, MN (watercolor), Robert Hoffman, Merrillville, IN (pastel and oil) and Richard Abraham, St. Paul, MN (oil).
His mission in life has always been appreciating and creating beauty. His involvement with family and connection with nature and people of diverse cultures and background has fostered a continual desire to help others in need, initiate creativity through painting, drawing, photography and poetry while traveling the world and recording memories.
Mr. Weeks first gained inspiration from his uncle, Leo Weeks, an artist proficient in oils and watercolor who for many years managed the illustration team at Popular Mechanics Magazine in Chicago and New York prior to the digital/computer age.
Mr. Weeks continues to take inspiration from several watercolourists who made their mark in the UK such as Douglas Treasure, Trevor Chamberlain, Jack Merriott, Edward Seago, and Edward Wesson.
Mr. Weeks also follows contemporary pastel artists such as Albert Handel, Lorenzo Chavez, Doug Dawson, and Fred Somers.
His ability to learn from other 'painting' and 'drawing' mediums applied in various ways to other mediums principally oil, pastel and watercolor, has been a focal point in his pastel class at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts in Wayzata, Minnesota, where he teaches on a periodic basis.
Mr. Weeks is a University of Illinois alumni with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. He is an award winning artist in drawing/pastel, oil/canvas, and watercolor mediums active in the following organizations:
Minnesota Watercolor Society
Northstar Watermedia Society, Signature Member
Lake Country Pastel Society
Transparent Watercolor Society of America
Minnesota Artists Association
Cass Gilbert Society, Inc.
His artwork has been displayed at local galleries and museums, including the White Bear Center for the Arts Northern Lights Regional Show, the Minnetonka Center for the Arts, and the American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Where shown, standard signature 'ART WEEKS' appears on watercolor artwork. Where shown, monogram signature A\ V with strike-through appears on pastel and oil artwork. Refer to Linkedin website for other biographical information.
CREATING BEAUTY IN LIFE WITH ART, IMAGINATION, AND THE STUDY OF NATURE THROUGH EXPLORATION, TRAVEL, AND CHERISHED MEMORIES.