John Weeks

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1886, d.1965

An Early Settler’s Homestead Near Auckland

  • Purchased with assistance from the Ballantyne Bequest and the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council, 1969
  • Reproduced courtesy of the Peter O´Connor Collection
  • Oil on canvas
  • 388 x 489mm
  • 69/658

This composition, though based on nature, is concerned with the spatial relationships of form and colour. John Weeks has emphasised the sharpedged shadows of the strong New Zealand light. During 1926 Weeks studied in Paris under the minor Cubist painter, André Lhote (1885 - 1962), who is likely to have introduced him to the idea of painting as the creation of a harmonious design from various shapes and colours. Weeks was born in England, and came to New Zealand with his parents in 1892. He studied art part-time in Auckland but in 1911 left for England. World War I saw Weeks in France, serving with the New Zealand Medical Corps. Between 1921 and 1928 he studied in Christchurch, Edinburgh and Paris and travelled extensively in Europe and North Africa. In 1929 Weeks returned to New Zealand. He taught at the Elam School of Art in Auckland from 1930 to 1954 and was awarded an OBE in 1958.