Thursday 9 September 2010

Jamie Wyeth

In the last of three posts on the American family of painters, the Wyeths, I am featuring the work of Andrew Wyeth, son of the more famous Andrew Wyeth and grandson of the famous illustrator & artist N. C. Wyeth. His work is very much in the same tradition and palette as that of his father.

James Browning Wyeth (born July 6, 1946) is a contemporary American realist painter. He was born in Chadds Ford Township, Pennsylvania, He is artistic heir to the Brandywine School Tradition, painters who worked in the rural Brandywine River area of Delaware and Pennsylvania, portraying its people, animals, and landscape.

Tuesday 7 September 2010

Andrew Wyeth

In my second post about the American artist dynasty of the Wyeth family I am featuring the best known, Andrew Wyeth. In my last post I looked at the illustration work of his father, N. C. Wyeth. Andrew Wyeth (1917 – 2009) is best known for his detailed tempera paintings of people in the north-eastern landscape around his hometown of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and at his summer home in Cushing, Maine. I actually prefer the freshness and immediacy of his watercolours. These are big, bold watercolours done as ever in a muted palette. I first came across them at the Lefevre Gallery in London in the 1970's.

Andrew Wyeth was primarily a realist painter, working predominantly in a regionalist style. He was one of the best-known American artists of the middle 20th century, and was sometimes referred to as the "Painter of the People," due to his work's popularity with the American public.