Harlem's "Under The Radar" launches the fifth installment of its public art exhibition series held at the Physical Therapy of Harlem's lobby (1400 5th Avenue at the West 116th Street entrance). Featuring the award-winning artist Alfred Weekes, an opening reception is scheduled from 5-7pm when both art lovers and artists will be treated to an interactive discussion with Mr. Weekes. The exhibition includes his painting entitled "The Wish," which beautifully depicts his love for the human spirit in action. On display through August 16, visitors are invited to view his colorful and insightful work, weekdays from 9am to 3pm.
After a triumphant exhibition at the Barbados Caribbean Fine Art Fair this past winter, Weekes is delighted to have his work presented in Harlem where he is a local resident. Born in Barbados, Weekes' art offers reflections of a rich Caribbean heritage. His artistic inspiration springs from his passionate practice of observing humanity -- the result of which is evidenced in the figurative relief sculptures and paintings he creates.
Meticulously handcrafted from galvanized wire, his small tabletop figurines capture the facial expressions and body postures of people as they engage in life's tasks. His signature style acrylic paintings pop with tropical colors and character, in a convergence of sculpture and painting that gives his mixed media art a 2D effect.
Alfred Weekes' work has been shown in New York City art galleries in SoHo and Harlem, Fleet Bank, The Martin Luther King Library and the OAS Building in Washington DC, the Consulate of Barbados and the New York offices of the Barbados Tourism Authority. He has won awards at several art competitions including, the Barbados National Arts & Crafts, the All Community Arts Group and the Manchester Art Association. His sculptures are held in private collections throughout the Caribbean, Europe and North America.
Anderson Pilgrim, of Diaspora Now represents selected works by Alfred Weekes. For more information about "Under The Radar," contact the art series curator, Barbara Russell at Brussell3908@yahoo.com.