Jamie Wyeth

JW - Yolk and the Wicker ChairYolk and the Wicker Chair
1987
combined mediums on paper
22 1/4 x 28 inches
 
 
 
 

 

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Son of Andrew Wyeth, Jamie grew up in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. He decided that like his forebears, he too would pursue a career in art.  Wyeth subsequently left school at the age of twelve, receiving private home tutoring while studying painting with his aunt Carolyn Wyeth, who taught him the rudiments of classical draftsmanship.

During these formative years, Wyeth would hone his skills by making charcoal still life drawings in N.C. Wyeth’s old studio.  He later spent three years working as an apprentice to his father, after which time he moved to New York, refining his skills in depicting human anatomy by studying and drawings corpses in a hospital morgue.  After experimenting with various media, Wyeth found that in contrast to his father, who favors tempera, he was drawn to the bright hues and the moist, lush effects of oil paint, which he began to use regularly in 1963.

Through this means Wyeth developed a traditional realist style, initially working in the meticulous manner of his father but imbuing his work with his own personal touch.  During the 1960s and 70s, he applied this approach to portraits (among them his well-received posthumous image of John F. Kennedy, done in 1967), in which he captured the humanity of his sitters and revealed himself as a master of the human form.  His portrait oeuvre includes images of artists such as Andy Warhol to politicians, among them President-elect Jimmy Carter, all portrayed with an eye for detail and a desire to evoke the individual spirit of his subject.
Public Collections

Museum of Modern Art, New York
National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine
Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington
Terra Museum of American Art, Chicago
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas

 

Selected Exhibitions

2013, Jamie Wyeth, Rockwell Kent and Monhegan, Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC  
2012, Jamie Wyeth, Rockwell Kent and Monhegan, Farnsworth Art Musuem, Rockland, ME
2011, The Wyeths: Three Generations of Art, The Mona Bismarck Museum, Paris, France         
2011, Farm Work by Jamie Wyeth, Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, PA
2011, The Wyeths: America’s , Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI
2010, The Wyeth Legacy: Cowan Collection Paintings, Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK
2010, Wyeth’s Wyeths, Farnsworth Art Musuem, Rockland, ME 
2010, Jamie Wyeth: The Seven Deadly Sins, Salt Lake City Art Center, Salt Lake City, UT
2009, Jamie Wyeth: Seven Deadly Sins, Wyeth Center at the Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, ME
2009, Jamie Wyeth: Seven Deadly Sins, Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, PA    
2009, Wyeth: Three Generations of Art, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO
2007, Jamie Wyeth: Paintings, Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit, ME
2007, Jamie Wyeth: Birds, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum, Wausau, WI
2007, Dog Days of Summer: Works by Jamie Wyeth ,Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, PA
2007, Factory Work: Warhol, Wyeth and Basquiat ,Wyeth Center at the Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, ME
2007, Factory Work: Warhol, Wyeth and Basquiat, McNay Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX
2006, Factory Work: Warhol, Wyeth and Basquiat, Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, PA
2006, Capturing Nureyev: James Wyeth Paints the Dancer, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO
2006, James Wyeth: Portrait of an Artist, Wyeth Center at the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME
2006, Jamie Wyeth’s Birds, Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, PA
2006, James Wyeth: Selected Works, Wyeth Center at the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME
2006, The Wyeths, Naples Museum of Art, Naples, FL
2005, Gulls, Ravens, and a Vulture: The Ornithological Paintings of James Wyeth, Wyeth Center at the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME       
2003, James Wyeth: Portraits and Landscapes, Wyeth Center at the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME
2003, Capturing Nureyev: James Wyeth Paints the Dancer, Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, PA
2002, Capturing Nureyev: James Wyeth Paints the Dancer, Wyeth Center at the Farnsworth Art Museum, ME       
2002, Capturing Nureyev: James Wyeth Paints the Dancer, NY Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center
2002, Capturing Nureyev: James Wyeth Paints the Dancer, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2001, The Maine Influence: Selected Works by James Wyeth, Wyeth Center at the Farnsworth Art Museum,  ME   
2001, The Maine Influence: Selected Works by James Wyeth, Wyeth Center at the Farnsworth Art Museum,  ME
2001, One Nation: Patriots and Pirates, Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL      
2001, One Nation: Patriots and Pirates, Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, PA    
2001, One Nation: Patriots and Pirates, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
2001, One Nation: Patriots and Pirates, Russell Rotunda, Capitol Building, Washington, DC
2000, One Nation: Patriots and Pirates, Wyeth Center at the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME
2000, Monhegan, Wyeth Center at the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME
1999, Paintings, Props, and Costumes: Objects of Inspiration, Wyeth Center at the Farnsworth Art Museum, ME
1999, Art Train (42-Month Train Tour to 120 Communities), NASA/American Museum in Motion
1999, Cabbages and Kings, Butler Museum of American Art, Youngstown, OH
1999, A Century of Wyeths, Wyeth Center at the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME
1998, Wondrous Strange, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE 
1998, Wondrous Strange, Wyeth Center at the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME
1998, Wyeth Three Generations, The Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY
1998, The Wyeths: N.C., Andrew and Jamie, Marietta / Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta, GA
1998, N.C. Wyeth and His Grandson: A Legacy, Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, PA
1997, N.C. Wyeth and His Grandson: A Legacy, Terra Museum of American Art, Chicago, IL
1993, Jamie Wyeth: Islands, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME
1988, An American Vision Three Generations of Wyeth Art, Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, PA
1988, An American Vision Three Generations of Wyeth Art, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, England
1988, An American Vision Three Generations of Wyeth Art, Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy
1988, An American Vision Three Generations of Wyeth Art, Sciagaya Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
1987, An American Vision Three Generations of Wyeth Art, Terra Museum of American Art, Chicago, IL
1987, An American Vision Three Generations of Wyeth Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
1987, An American Vision Three Generations of Wyeth Art, Coreoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC 
1987, An American Vision Three Generations of Wyeth Art, Academy of the Arts of the USSR, Moscow
1987, An American Vision Three Generations of Wyeth Art, Academy of the Arts of the USSR, Leningrad
1984, Jamie Wyeth: An American View, Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City, OK        
1984, Jamie Wyeth: An American View, Columbia Museum, Columbia, SC
1984, Jamie Wyeth: An American View, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
1984, Howard Pyle and the Wyeths: Four Generations of American Imagination, North Carolina Museum of Art, NC 
1984, Howard Pyle and the Wyeths: Four Generations of American Imagination, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, CA         
1983, Howard Pyle and the Wyeths: Four Generations of American Imagination, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, TN     
1983, Jamie Wyeth in Alaska, Alaska State Museum, Juneau, AK
1983, Jamie Wyeth in Alaska, University of Alaska Museum, Fairbanks, AK
1983, Jamie Wyeth in Alaska, Anchorage Fine Arts Museum, Anchorage, AK
1981, Jamie Wyeth, Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, Fort Worth, TX
1981, Jamie Wyeth, Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC
1980, Jamie Wyeth, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
1978, Jamie Wyeth Recent Paintings, Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts
1977, James Wyeth Recent Paintings, Coe Kerr Gallery, New York, NY    
1976, Andy Warhol & Jamie Wyeth Portraits of Each Other, Coe Kerr Gallery, New York, NY
1976, James Wyeth, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE
1975, James Wyeth Recent Paintings, Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, PA
1974, James Wyeth Recent Paintings, Coe Ken Gallery, New York, NY
1971, The Brandywine Heritage, Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford          
1969, Oils, Watercolors, Drawings by James Wyeth, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME
1966, James Wyeth Painting, M. Knoedler & Co., New York, NY  

 

Holds honorary degrees from:

Elizabethtown College, 1975, Elizabethtown, PA
Dickinson School of Law, 1983, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA
Pine Manor College, 1987, Chestnut Hill, MA
University of Vermont, 1988, Burlington, VT
Westbrook College, 1993, Portland, ME
University of Maine, 2001, Orono, ME
University of Delaware, 2002, Wilmington, DE

 

Exhibitions at Somerville Manning Gallery

American Masters, 2012
American and European Masters, 2011
American Masters, 2009
American Green – Art and Stewardship, 2008
 
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