Stephen Cone Weeks, Canadian, was born in London in 1952. He grew up in Canada, the USA and Germany. His Grandfather was the American painter Marvin Cone (1891-1965). After studying drawing and stained glass in Germany from 1968-72, Stephen Cone weeks returned to Canada where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in drawing and printmaking from the University of Windsor in 1976 (Governor Generals Medal). A DAAD scholarship (German Academic Exchange Service) made it possible for him to study under Prof. Rolf Sackenheim at the Art Academy of Düsseldorf where he became a Meisterschüler in 1978. He began doing his glassdrawings in 1997. A kunst:raum sylt quelle Foundation grant in 2007 enabled his film project the curtain of can’t. Stephen Cone Weeks lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany, and in Como, Italy, where he has a summer studio.
Glass has always fascinated me. When I was sixteen I worked in a studio for stained glass in Cologne. The glasmalermeister who taught me always claimed I was more interested in drawing than in stained glass and in some ways he was right. In fact, what interested me was the space behind the glass: the way the lead, the imperfections in the glass, and the schwarzlot lines and surfaces obstructed and obscured that space.
At the art academy i worked with drawing and lithography; after graduating i focused entirely on drawing on paper until – wanting to return to my favoured medium – I found a way to draw on plaster on glass which led to my present multi-layered glass drawings.
All my work – on paper, on glass, and more recently with film – is highly narrative. My task seems to be to tell a story of some kind; but it is a story I do not know. Telling it “in the dark”, unable to discern the deeper layers of significance of the abstractions and realities I create, is both a torment and a joy. I draw to make something visible which is inaccessible to me: the space behind the glass.
Solo 2012 Lead, Kindly Light, Galerie Lausberg, Düsseldorf 2010 a story I do not know, Lausberg Contemporary, Toronto 2009 die Reise, Voss Gallery, Dortmund the curtain of can’t, Galerie Lausberg, Düsseldorf 2007 Das Feuer am Waldesrande, Galerie Lausberg, Düsseldorf 2006 Toronto International Art Fair, Galerie Lausberg Galerie Art Engert, Eschweiler 2005 Toys for Doris, Seippel Gallery, Cologne Psychoanalytische Arbeitsgemeinschaft Köln-Düsseldorf e.V., Cologne 2004-05 Toys for Doris Museum Bochum (C) 2004 Toys for Doris Kunst:Raum Sylt Quelle, Sylt 2003 Galerie Lausberg, Düsseldorf 2000 Pedestals, Seippel Gallery, Cologne 1999 Pedestals, INTERVAL, Witten (C) 1997 Seippel Gallery, Cologne Emmerich Art Association Gallery 1995 Love, Trapped, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA Love, Trapped, M-13 Gallery Howard Scott, Project Space, New York City, USA 1994 Love, Trapped, Museum of the Meissen Porcelain Manufactory, Meissen Love, Trapped, Klingenmuseum, Solingen (C) 1993 Seippel Gallery, Cologne 1992 Voss Gallery, Dortmund 1988 Voss Gallery, Dortmund 1986 Verängstigter Junge im Angriff mit Geschirrtuch: Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Grunwald Gallery, Toronto, Canada Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, Ontario, Canada Coe College Gallery, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA 1985 Niepel Gallery, Düsseldorf, Voss Gallery, Dortmund 1983 Brühl Art Association Gallery, Brühl (Bonn) 1982 Quinzaine Canadienne Liège (Centre Culturel du Canada, Bruxelles) Niepel Gallery, Düsseldorf 1981 Municipal Gallery of Düsseldorf (C) Macondo Gallery, Brussels Group 2013 West German Artists Association, wir wieder hier, Museum Bochum 2012 the curtain of can’t, onomato / Filmwerkstatt Düsseldorf: animation Grosse Kunstausstellung NRW Düsseldorf (C) 2010 Toronto International Art Fair, Galerie Lausberg Glanzlichter, Museum Villa Rot (www.villa-rot.de) (C) West German Artists Association, Landpartie, Kunstmuseum Ahlen (C) 2009 Best of Lausberg Contemporary, Lausberg Contemporary, Toronto Toronto International Art Fair (Galerie Lausberg) art.fair21, Köln (Galerie Lausberg) 2008 Sommerfrische, die Sehnsucht nach dem Paradies, TUI Stiftung, Hannover Toronto International Art Fair (Galerie Lausberg) 2005 West German Artists Association, Lohn der Arbeit, Flottmann-Hallen, Herne (C) La main Dans la main, Bad Salzdetfurth Art Association (C) 2004 Art Miami, Galerie Lausberg Toronto International Art Fair, Galerie Lausberg art frankfurt, Galerie Lausberg 2004 Engelhaftes, Kunstforum des Herz- und Diabeteszentrums NRW, Bad Oeynhausen (C) Toronto International Art Fair, Lausberg Gallery art frankfurt, Galerie Lausberg Art Miami, Lausberg Gallery 2003 Toronto International Art Fair, Lausberg Gallery art frankfurt, Seippel Gallery 2002 Westdeutscher Künstlerbund, Übersicht, Museum Bochum (C) Grosse Kunstausstellung NRW Düsseldorf (C) Galerie Seippel, Köln 2001 Art Cologne, Galerie Seippel Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Düsseldorf Grosse Kunstausstellung NRW, Düsseldorf (C) 2000 Westdeutscher Künstlerbund, Städtische Galerie und Museum Lüdenscheid (C) 1998 Düsseldorf Malkasten Artists Association, Works on Paper, Deutsche Bank West German Artists Association, Schauplätze, Municipal Gallery, Herne (C) Artissima, Torino, Italy (Seippel Gallery, Cologne) Art Cologne 1998 (Seippel Gallery, Cologne) 1997 Art Cologne 1997 (Seippel Gallery) 1996 Seippel Gallery, Cologne West German Artists Association, Gustav-Lübcke-Museum, Hamm (C) 1995 New York-Cologne - Cologne-New York, Seippel Gallery, Cologne 1993 Seippel Gallery, Cologne 1992 West German Artists Association, Museum für Land und Wirtschaft, Düsseldorf 1991 West German Artists Association, Karl Ernst Osthaus-Museum, Hagen (C) 1990 Voss Gallery, Dortmund 1989 West German Artists Association, Karl Ernst Osthaus-Museum, Hagen (C) 1987 Voss Gallery, Dortmund West German Artists Association, Karl Ernst Osthaus-Museum, Hagen (C) 1986 Voss Gallery, Dortmund 1985 Voss Gallery, Dortmund 1983 Art ‘83 Basel (Gering-Kulenkampff Gallery, Frankfurt) Cologne Art Fair, Gering-Kulenkampff Gallery, Frankfurt 1981 Coe College Galleries, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA 1979 Students of Prof. Rolf Sackenheim, Wellmann Gallery, Düsseldorf 1978 Ildefons Herwegen-Schule, Cologne-Junkersdorf 1977-82 Contemporary Canadian Prints, Tour of the Eighth Burnaby Biennial in the USA 1976 On View, Toronto, Ontario, Canada South Essex Arts Association Exhibition, Ontario, Canada (H.J. Heinz Co. of Canada prize) 1977Foreign Students at the Art Academy, Art Academy of Düsseldorf 1975 Southwest 35, Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada Visual Arts Ottawa Survey Exhibition 1, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (C) Eighth Burnaby Biennial, Burnaby, BC, Canada