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Biography

Over the past twenty six years I have maintained an exhibiting record with over twenty five solo exhibitions. In that time I have been awarded many 2-D and 3-D commissions and awards both Nationally and Internationally. A significant break for me was my research during OSPRO in the Natural History Museum in Paris in 2005. The images collected during that time have served as reference for work done since that time and will continue to be crucial imagery for present research projects and into the future. The new projects require significant experimentation and learning so the outcomes and timeframes will be varied within particular frameworks, depending on the extent of the projects.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle
  • Diploma in Art, Alexander Mackie College
  • Master of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales

Research

Research keywords

  • Animation
  • Multi-media
  • Music
  • Sculpture

Research expertise

Creative arts

My work revolves around Painting, Drawing, Sculpture. The secondary studies are Music, Animation and Creative writing.

The bridge between Visual Communication Design and Film is predominately animation and Graphic Novels.

Languages

  • English

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
190000Studies In Creative Arts And Writing50
120307Visual Communication Design (Incl. Graphic Design)40
190200Film, Television And Digital Media10

Awards

Sculpture Commission award

1994The Overeer
The NSW Government (Australia)
Design and construction of a Public Sculpture

Illustration commission

1995The Birding Book (a field guide to North Ameriacan Birds)
Weldon Owen Publishers (Australia)
Birding Book: A Field Guide

Sculptural Commission Award

1983The Split
Araluen Art Centre. Northern Territory (Australia)
Public Scupture

Sculptural commission award

1999Convict Lumberyard Destination Artwork
Newcastle City Council (Australia)
Public Sculpture

Sculpture commission award

2003The Eden Tree
Eden Gardens Botanicals (Australia)
Public sculpture

sculptural commission award

2002Gateway Sculpture
Lake Macquarie City Council (Australia)
Public Sculpture

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Fine Arts
  • Illustration
  • Natural History Illustration
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Highlighted Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2005Weekes TM, There is beauty in everything, Darby Street, Newcastle (2005) [J1]
2004Weekes TM, Eden Gardens Sculpture, Eden Gardens, North Ryde (2004) [J2]
2002Weekes TM, "Life Lines-The Human Arm as the Basis for Flight", Rex Irwin Gallery, Sydney (2002) [J1]
2007Weekes TM, Museum of the new bird, Stella Downer Fine Art, Waterloo NSW (2007) [J1]
2008Weekes TM, Achromaticity, Pollock Gallery, Richmond, VIC (2008) [J1]
2005Weekes TM, The New Bird, 2 Danks Street, Waterloo (2005) [J1]

Natural History illustration is associated with exact depictions of the Natural world. The New Bird represents a deviation from this. It imagines what Natural History illustration would look like when confronted with a genetically engineered bird. In this sense the illustration series acts like a silent ironic witness observing the ongoing theme about the struggle between Nature and Technology. Using traditional techniques associated with Natural History illustration and under the guise of realism, it questions the results of technological interventions in the avian world. The New Bird consists of fifty works (including a limited edition book) around the theme of the manufactured bird. These manufactured birds investigate ethical questions such as whether genetic engineering is the saviour of ecological disaster? The research explored issues such as: what would the world be like if there were no birds due to human intervention such as genetic engineering or extermination (the bird flu virus); would the opportunity to create a new bird result in gross commercialism or the misuse of technology; and at what point does the natural bird cease to exist and become a hybrid or even a parody of itself? The exhibition was shown in one of Sydneys top Galleries, sales of work was high, the work exists on the web (http://picasaweb.google.com/artscope.post/ArtsHealthBanner#5143194443176282434) and was written about in several journals, including the NSW College of Fine Art magazine and the research profile produced by the University of Newcastle.

Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

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Book (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Weekes TM, Bird Anatomy for Artists, Blackman Consulting Pty Ltd, Australia, 128 (2013)
2011Quinn R, Weekes TM, Scribble: Stories From the Garden, Volume 2, NCP Printing, Newcastle, NSW, 104 (2011) [A3]
2010Quinn R, Weekes TM, Scribble: Graphic Novel Collective, Scribble Graphic Novel Collective, Newcastle, Australia, 96 (2010) [A3]

Journal article (5 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Weekes TM, 'The pitfalls and pinnacles of a creative mind', Artist Profile, 112-113 (2014)
2013Weekes TM, Weekes T, '2B or not 2B', Artist Profile, 108-110 (2013) [C3]
2010Weekes TM, 'When nature calls', Artist Profile, 104-107 (2010) [C2]
2009Weekes TM, 'Lee Zaunders', Artist Profile, 130 (2009) [C3]
2008Weekes TM, 'Walton Ford: Cruel & unusual', Artist Profile, 76-78 (2008) [C3]
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Conference (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2009Weekes TM, 'When pigs fly', Minding Animals 2009. Oral Presentation Abstracts, Newcastle, NSW (2009) [E3]

Design (5 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2008Weekes TM, The New Bird, Wolseley Media Pty Ltd, Artist Profile (2008) [H2]
2008Weekes TM, The New Bird, ETSA Utilities Gallery, South Australian Museum (2008) [H2]
2007Weekes TM, If pigs could fly, how could they do it?, Horwitz Publications, Artist Profile (2007) [H2]
2007Weekes TM, What would have happened if Dali was a genetic engineer?, Horwitz Publications, Artist Profile (2007) [H2]
2002Weekes TM, Lake MacQuarie Public Sculpture Award, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery (2002) [H1]
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Creative Work (32 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Weekes TM, The Eden Tree. Scribble: Stories From the Garden, Volume 2, NCP Printing, Newcastle, NSW (2011) [J2]
2011Alexander B, Lawry MJ, Philp AJ, Sinnott PA, Smith KA, Weekes TM, Adams PA, Site Tracing: Culture, identity, site and place, The Lock-Up Cultural Centre, Newcastle (2011) [J2]
2010Weekes TM, To be humanized, Waterloo, NSW (2010) [J1]
2010Weekes TM, Kotan, Scribble Graphic Novel Collective, Newcastle, Australia (2010) [J2]
2009Weekes TM, Death's Head Hawk Moth/Zebra Grasshopper, Elephant Fish/Dragon's Beard Fish, Cat Fish/Cockatoo Wasp Fish, Falcon Hawk Fish/Tiger Fish, Wolf Boy, The Parrot Fish, The Unicorn Bird, The Magnificent Elephant Bird Egg exhibited at 'The Museum Effect', Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Booragul, NSW (2009) [J2]
2009Weekes TM, Mesh, Rhinobird, Exhibit 59 exhibited at 'A Fine Line', PODspace Gallery, Newcastle, NSW (2009) [J2]
2008Weekes TM, Achromaticity, Pollock Gallery, Richmond, VIC (2008) [J1]
2008Weekes TM, Forsythes Collectors Care Art Exhibition, Front Room Gallery, Newcastle (2008) [J2]
2008Weekes TM, Down Under Ground, Drozdowice Chamber, Wieliczka Salt Mine, Poland (2008) [J2]
2008Weekes TM, It's All About People, John Miller Galleries, Newcastle, NSW (2008) [J2]
2008Weekes TM, The Year of the Bird, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Windsor (2008) [J2]
2008Weekes TM, Works from Duckprint Fine Art, Paper Gallery, Braddon, ACT (2008) [J2]
2008Weekes TM, Figuratively Speaking, John Miller Galleries, Newcastle (2008) [J2]
2008Weekes TM, Drawn from Nature, Lovett Gallery, Newcastle, Newcastle (2008) [J2]
2007Weekes TM, Museum of the new bird, Stella Downer Fine Art, Waterloo NSW (2007) [J1]
2007Weekes TM, Verve: An exhibition of works by the staff of the Fine Arts Faculty of the University of Newcastle, Tamworth Regional Gallery (2007) [J1]
2007Weekes TM, New Adventures of Mark Twain: Coalopolis to Metropolis, Lovett Gallery, Newcastle Region Library and Pearl Street Gallery, New York, Newcastle and New York (2007) [J2]
2005Weekes TM, There is beauty in everything, Darby Street, Newcastle (2005) [J1]
2005Weekes TM, The New Bird, 2 Danks Street, Waterloo (2005) [J1]

Natural History illustration is associated with exact depictions of the Natural world. The New Bird represents a deviation from this. It imagines what Natural History illustration would look like when confronted with a genetically engineered bird. In this sense the illustration series acts like a silent ironic witness observing the ongoing theme about the struggle between Nature and Technology. Using traditional techniques associated with Natural History illustration and under the guise of realism, it questions the results of technological interventions in the avian world. The New Bird consists of fifty works (including a limited edition book) around the theme of the manufactured bird. These manufactured birds investigate ethical questions such as whether genetic engineering is the saviour of ecological disaster? The research explored issues such as: what would the world be like if there were no birds due to human intervention such as genetic engineering or extermination (the bird flu virus); would the opportunity to create a new bird result in gross commercialism or the misuse of technology; and at what point does the natural bird cease to exist and become a hybrid or even a parody of itself? The exhibition was shown in one of Sydneys top Galleries, sales of work was high, the work exists on the web (http://picasaweb.google.com/artscope.post/ArtsHealthBanner#5143194443176282434) and was written about in several journals, including the NSW College of Fine Art magazine and the research profile produced by the University of Newcastle.

2004Weekes TM, Eden Gardens Sculpture, Eden Gardens, North Ryde (2004) [J2]
2003Weekes TM, Images of Flight, Muswellbrook Regional Gallery, Muswellbrook (2003) [J2]
2003Weekes TM, 2-D: a 3-D tool, Maitland City Art Gallery, Maitland (2003) [J2]
2003Weekes TM, Commission, Public Gardens, Sydney (2003) [J2]
2002Weekes TM, "Life Lines-The Human Arm as the Basis for Flight", Rex Irwin Gallery, Sydney (2002) [J1]
2002Weekes TM, Bird Impressions, John Miller gallery, Newcastle (2002) [J1]
2002Weekes TM, The Animal State, Manning Regional Art Gallery, Manning Regional Art Gallery, Taree (2002) [J2]
2001Weekes TM, Important Works on Paper Rex Irwin Gallery, Sydney, Rex Irwin Gallery, Sydney (2001) [J2]
2000Weekes TM, Elephantism, Director/curator: Rex Irwin, Sydney, Rex Irwin Gallery (2000) [J2]
2000Weekes TM, Oh! Africa, Director/curator: Margaret Sivyer, Maitland City Art Gallery (2000) [J2]
2000Weekes TM, Constructing Futures, Director: David Bradshaw, Curator: Samantha Littley, Newcastle Region Art Gallery (2000) [J2]
2000Weekes TM, Hatched: National Graduate Show, Curator: Kate Major, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (2000) [J2]
2000Weekes TM, Birds (Portrait Studies), Director/curator: Jan Lloyd, The Forge Gallery, Wollombi (2000) [J2]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants2
Total funding$30,900

- Indicates that the researcher may be seeking students for this project.

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2007 (1 grants)

Tracing site visual arts research project$25,000
Funding Body: Newcastle Regional Museum

Project Team
Mr Brett Alexander, Ms Patricia Adams, Conjoint Associate Professor Allan Chawner, Doctor Miranda Lawry, Associate Professor Pam Sinnott, Mr Kris Smith, Doctor Trevor Weekes
SchemeRole
Project GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$25,00020072007
GNo:G0187997

2006 (1 grants)

New Staff Grant$5,900
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Trevor Weekes
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,90020062006
GNo:G0187268
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions16
Total current UoN Masters EFTSL2.4
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL4.4

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142018PhD(Natural History Illustrat)Co-SupervisorInvestigating Natural History Illustration Practice as Chorography
20142017PhD(Natural History Illustrat)Principal SupervisorQueensland's Mangrove Species: Botanical Watercolour Illustrations of a Plant Community Facing an Uncertain Future
20142016PhD(Natural History Illustrat)Principal SupervisorThe Moving Finger Paints... Visually Translating FitzGerald's 'Rubaiyt of Omar Khayyam' (1889) into a Modern Australian Context
20142018PhD(Natural History Illustrat)Co-SupervisorThe ephemeral nature of fungi: an investigation of the field and laboratory data collection methods used by mycologists and botanists and adapting their methodology for collecting the visual information needed for Scientific Mycological Illustration.
20132015M Phil(Natural History Illust)Principal SupervisorEducation is the Key to Reducing a Fear of Reptiles: Strategies for Harmonious Co-existence
20132012M Phil(Natural History Illust)Principal SupervisorFrom Sea to Snow: Illustrating the Effect of Light and Colour on Selected Environments
20132017PhD(Natural History Illustrat)Principal SupervisorDrawing, Drafting and Design as a Means for the Multilayered Interpretation of the Natural World
20132014PhD(Natural History Illustrat)Principal SupervisorAn Investigation into Images of Land, Sea, Sky and Cloud
20132014PhD(Natural History Illustrat)Principal SupervisorCollecting Identity: the PINcard Game
20122014M Phil(Natural History Illust)Principal SupervisorA study of the Flora and Fauna of the National Parks Authority Controlled and Managed Saltwater and Khappinghat Reserves
20122017PhD(Natural History Illustrat)Principal SupervisorThe Art and Science of Botanical Illustration and Identification within Hornsby Shire
20112017PhD (Design)Principal SupervisorThe Psychology of the Gaze
20112014PhD (Design)Co-SupervisorDepicting Images: Amphibian Images Made into Illustrations as a Visually Descriptive Field Guide
20102012M Philosophy (Fine Art)Co-SupervisorPainting Magic Realities Within a Chilean Migrant Context in Contemporary Australia
20092012M Philosophy (Design)Co-SupervisorRed Fox - A Visual Journey into the History of a Creature That is Both Revered and Reviled
20092011PhD (Fine Art)Principal SupervisorLotus Trace III - Hybrid Cultural Identity - A Place to Call Home

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2014PhD (Design)Co-SupervisorIn Pursuit of Motion: Developing a Methodological Framework for Illustrating Moments of Movement in Birds and Fish
2013M Philosophy (Design)Co-SupervisorMapping the Floral
2013M Philosophy (Design)Principal SupervisorThe Art of Science and Creativity - A Visual Interpretation of Bushland and Coastal Environments
2013PhD(Natural History Illustrat)Co-SupervisorWild Visions: An Artistic Investigation into Animal Vision
2012PhD (Design)Principal SupervisorD=EQ: A Triptych of Designed Objects, which Explore the Relationship between Theory and Practice
2012PhD (Design)Principal SupervisorElephant: Art and Science
2011PhD (Design)Principal SupervisorAn Analysis of Traditional and Digital Methods for Producing Three Dimensional Artworks
2009PhD (Fine Art)Principal SupervisorMigration, Memory and Landscape: Recontextualising Personal Experience Through Contemporary Abstract Painting
2008M Fine Art [R]Sole SupervisorDialogue Between Flesh and Paint
2008M Fine Art [R]Co-SupervisorBeneath the Skin
2008PhD (Fine Art)Principal SupervisorA Charting of Memory, Interior Space and the Ship
2007PhD (Fine Art)Co-SupervisorConstructing the Eclectic Biblioth¿que
2006M Fine Art [R]Principal SupervisorModern Mythmaking in Contemporary Narrative Sculpture
2006M Fine Art [R]Sole SupervisorA journey through the suburbs
2006Masters Fine Arts
University of Newcastle
Principal SupervisorArt and the Automobile
2006Masters Fine Arts
University of Newcastle
Sole SupervisorPainting Architecture
2006PhD (Fine Art)Sole SupervisorPainting Music: An investigation and creation of 2D works based on colour and music through the establishment of a unique colour coding system
2006PhD (Design)Principal SupervisorInvestigation of the Structural Anatomy of Birds and Analysis of its Influence on the External Design, in Order to Develop the Methodology of a Constructive Approach to Drawing Birds
2005PhD (Fine Art)Principal SupervisorThe New Eugenics: Perfection, Patents and Profits
2005PhD (Fine Art)Sole SupervisorThe Contained Space
2004M Fine Art [R]Principal SupervisorFantasy in Narrative Painting
2004M Fine Art [R]Sole SupervisorCircling The Square
2004Masters Fine Arts
University of Newcastle
Sole SupervisorFantasy in Narrative Painting
2002M Fine Art [R]Principal SupervisorSAGAS - a visual interpretation of the runes
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Dr Trevor Weekes

Work Phone(02) 4921 6371
Fax(02) 4921 8970
Email
PositionSenior Lecturer
Natural History Illustration
School of Design Communication and IT
Faculty of Science and Information Technology
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaDesign and Natural History Illustration
Office
D2.18,
Design,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/trevor-weekes
Linkhttp://www.newcastle.edu.au/school/design-communication-it/our_staff/weekes_trevor.html