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James Weeks Works Biography


Painter, Teacher, 1922-1998


“When you are young, the subject matter is what you paint.

When you get a little older, the subject matter is painting. When you’re even older,

the subject matter of your paintings is all the other paintings you’ve done.

Finally, the subject matter is the artist himself.”



B.A., California School of Fine Arts (CSFA), Hartwell School of Design, 1947; Teacher, CSFA, 1948-1951; Studied at Escuela de Pintara y Escultura, Mexico City, 1951; Recipient, Abraham Rosenberg Fellowship, 1952; Part-time Teacher, CSFA, 1958; Teacher, Graduate Painting, California College of Arts and Crafts (replaced Richard Diebenkorn), 1959; Teacher, San Francisco Museum of Art, 1960; Teacher, UCLA (on faculty with Richard Diebenkorn), 1967; Associate Professor, Boston University, 1970; Professor, Boston University, 1975; Chair, Art Department, Boston University.


Selected Solo Exhibitions 1950-1988

Lucien Labaudt Art Gallery, San Francisco, 1951, 1957; California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, 1953; “6” Gallery, San Francisco, 1955; East-West Gallery, San Francisco, 1958; Poindexter Gallery, New York, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1965; Felix Landau Gallery, Los Angeles, 1964, 1970; San Francisco Museum of Art, 1965; Boston University Art Gallery, 1971; Charles Campbell Gallery, San Francisco, 1977, 1981; Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts (traveled to the Oakland Museum), 1978; Hirschl and Adler Modern, New York, 1985, 1988.


Selected Group Exhibitions 1950-1965

California School of Fine Arts Faculty Show, M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, 1951; 72nd Annual Painting and Sculpture Exhibition of the San Francsico Art Association, San Francisco Museum of Art, 1953; Works by Four Contemporary Artists; Jeremy Anderson, James Weeks, Hassel Smith, Ernest Briggs, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, 1953; Contemporary Bay Area Figurative Painting, Oakland Art Museum, 1957; Artist Member’s Exhibition, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, 1958; Winter Invitational, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 1960; Faculty Exhibition, San Francisco Art Institute, 1961; Third Winter Invitational, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, 1961; Figure Painting in America, Birminham Museum of Art, Alabama; Some Points of View, ’62, Stanford University Art Museum, 1962; San Francisco Nine, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, 1962; Fourth Winter Invitational, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 1962; Five Decades of the Figure, State University of Iowa Art Gallery, Iowa City, 1962; Eighty Second Annual Exhibition of the San Francisco Art Institute, 1963; Artists West of the Mississippi: The Realistic Image, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 1963; Sixty-Seventh Annual American Exhibition; Directions in Contemporary Painting and Sculpture, The Art Institute of Chicago, 1964; Seven California Painters, Staempfli Gallery, New York, 1964; The 1964 Pittsburgh International Exhibition of Contemporary Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Art, Carnegie Instutute, Pittsburgh, 1964; One Hundred Contemporary American Drawings, Museum of Art, University of Michigan, 1965; Contemporary American Painting and Sculpture, Kranert Art Museum, University of Illionois, 1965; Selections from the Work of California Artists, Witte Memorial Museum, San Antonio, Texas, 1965.

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