I have looked at, adored, appreciated and been involved in the visual world all of my life. When it came time for me to join the ranks of a whole history of fine artists it was very frightening. Where should I begin, what imagery will I find the most interesting to me intellectually? So I started where I ended up, in the graphic design world---hard edged, geometric, typographic, usually generated from a computer. The images were interesting and pleasing to the eye but I wanted to do some things that were figurative also. I had my own tin toy collection and an interest in clown imagery so I started to experiment with photographs of them which I scanned and applied different textures and colorations to and found that the abstracted pixilation of the images had this great print quality that I liked very much and I hope the viewer will also. So that’s where I am now but it it’s my hope that the discovery continues.
Dan Weeks was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated with a degree in visual communications from The Institute of Design at The Illinois Institute of Technology, also known as The New Bauhaus.
In Chicago he worked for one of the largest design firms in the country, Unimark International, where he worked on corporate identities for JCPenny, Memorex, and The Ford Motor Company. He came to Toledo to work for Owens-Illinois in their advertising and communications department and after a time decided to open his own studio, Weeks & Associates.
His work has appeared in national as well as international design publications and many of his projects have won local Addys and Crystal awards, including a book design award for the Toledo Museum of Art’s cook book. Most recently he was awarded the Toledo Ad Club’s prestigious Silver Award for a life time of achievement, presented to one person each year by the Club.
With-in the last several years Dan has been working on creating a fine art style both in print and furniture design. What will be presented here at the Paula Brown Gallery, are some of his first ventures into these two new disciplines.