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Monday, March 6, 2017
American Master Jamie Wyeth pays tribute to a Banana Split
Jamie Wyeth (American, b. 1946), Banana Split, 2016 Watercolor and gesso on handwove paper, 28 x 22 in.
A celebrated contemporary realist painter, Jamie Wyeth is also the third-generation of the famed American artistic dynasty, following in the footsteps of Andrew Wyeth and N.C. Wyeth. Though many of his works reflect the eternal beauty of the Maine landscape, as do many works by Andrew Wyeth, Jamie’s work is distinguished by his focus on the enduring dignity of domestic animals and wildlife, as well as depicting important individuals and cultural events in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Jamie Wyeth has created portraits of political and entertainment figures, including President John F. Kennedy, Rudolf Nureyev, Andy Warhol, and Arnold Schwarzenegger; charcoal drawings that documented the unfolding drama of the SenateWatergate hearings; pictorial reporting of NASA space launches and splashdowns; and imaginative pictures for contemporary novelist Stephen King's ABC-TV miniseries Kingdom Hospital, to name a few.
Wyeth spends a substantial portion of his time on the Maine coast, where the landscape and local inhabitants -- animal and human -- serve as subjects for his work. He paints primarily in a combination of mediums such as gouache, watercolor, and oil, having never developed an affinity for the egg tempera medium favored by his father, Andrew Wyeth. Banana Split focuses on one of Jamie Wyeth’s favored subjects, the seagull, as he approaches a decadent ice cream treat. With compelling imagery, strong contrasts, and tactile surfaces, Jamie Wyeth's works are always marked with a portrait-like intensity, whether they depict people, animals, architecture, objects, or the continually unfolding interaction between mankind and nature.
Jamie Wyeth’s works can be found in private collections world-wide, as well as the permanent collections of prestigious museums including the National Gallery of Art and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.