June 29, 2008 |
Jimmy Lynch, 63, formerly of Chadds Ford, "an appealing vagabond," artist and artist's model who was the subject of several important paintings by Andrew Wyeth and his son, Jamie, died of hypertension and heart arrhythmia June 4 at his home in Lewisburg, W.Va. Mr. Lynch grew up in Chadds Ford, two doors down from the Wyeths. Jamie Wyeth, just two years older, became a buddy. "I taught him to drive and he showed me what New York was," Mr. Lynch told a reporter in 1988. When galleries assigned a limousine to Jamie Wyeth for exhibit openings, "I'd sit in the back, play the guitar, and we'd think we were the Beatles or something.
September 20, 1998 |
Artist Jimmy Lynch once posed nude for Andrew Wyeth. For another painting, Draft Age, by Jamie Wyeth, he wore his signature leather jacket and a pair of 1960s-style wraparound sunglasses. In the end, the Andrew Wyeth painting, completed in 1990 and titled Man and the Moon, captured what Lynch thinks of today as his former "dark" self. Now, Lynch, 54, is no longer prone to the long and moody meditations that once found him sitting on his porch swing for days, pondering a career move to California.
July 3, 2011 |
Jamie Wyeth, like his late father, Andrew, was destined from childhood to become an artist. Also like Andrew, who died in January 2009, he was a precocious talent. The immediate evidence for that is the earliest work in Jamie's exhibition at the Brandywine River Museum, "Farm Work," accomplished watercolors such as Kennedy's Butter and Eggs, Mr. Borneman's Barn , and Stanchion Stall, all painted between the ages of 13 and 14. Jamie and his father ran on parallel tracks for a half century, but the son was always an independent spirit, especially in later years.
June 23, 2011 |
Best known for a portrait of a pig, artist Jamie Wyeth says he has long had an affinity for animals. He has solicited roadkill from friends to feed a baby vulture, for instance. A trip to the White House was highlighted by a bout with a feisty presidential pooch. And when a neighbor's cow died, Wyeth was there in a flash to paint the burning of its carcass. Such brushes with animals resonate with a quirkiness that is comfortably consistent with his unconventional upbringing in Chadds Ford.
October 16, 2009 |
Even though ours is an era characterized by a mix of styles and attitudes, the paintings in the "Jamie Wyeth - Seven Deadly Sins" show at Brandywine are remarkable hybrids. Such feverish portrayals of the daily life of seagulls seen close up in the wild off Monhegan Island, and the insistent painterly surface of these works, exemplify the current shift toward environmental tendencies in today's art. Clearly the work of a confirmed animal lover, the project features a mural-sized piece, several bird studies and a centerpiece: seven paintings of scavenger gulls portrayed as emblems of the human sins of avarice, anger, envy, gluttony, lust, pride, and sloth.
January 23, 1998 |
Jamie Wyeth looks over spacing details for paintings to be included in "N.C. Wyeth and His Grandson: A Legacy. " The exhibit at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford opens tomorrow.
April 29, 2012 |
In the dining room of their 18th-century Chadds Ford farmhouse, a Jamie Wyeth painting depicts a pastoral scene but a slightly chaotic one - his wife, Phyllis, in the midst of their farm animals. "Just the menagerie Phyllis has created around this place - the peacock, the emus, the black cat. A fox carrying on with the chickens," Jamie Wyeth said the other day, standing in front of the painting, titled Pointlookout Farmlife. Amid the swans and low-flying geese in the bottom right corner, kicking at some of those chickens with his hind legs, is a yearling.
October 15, 2004 |
Charles F. Ellis, 82, formerly of Narberth, an art teacher and illustrator, died of heart failure Oct. 1 at his daughter Kathy Mannering's home in North Richland Hills, Texas. In 1971 Mr. Ellis was hired to teach illustration at the newly opened Art Institute of Philadelphia. He remained at the school for 22 years, teaching promising pupils such as poster artist Richard Amsel and painter Jamie Wyeth, who became a friend. Mr. Ellis also worked as a commercial artist for local advertising agencies; did illustrations for the Saturday Evening Post, Jack and Jill magazine, The Inquirer's Sunday magazine and other publications; and painted portraits for wealthy clients.
January 18, 2015 |
It all seems normal and matter-of-fact to Jamie Wyeth. He enters his grandfather's old studio, a National Historic Landmark owned and operated by the Brandywine River Museum, and there is the familiar birch bark canoe suspended from the ceiling, high in the barnlike space. There is the stuffed river otter, as fierce as ever; there, the model schooner; there, the carved bull's head, the horse head, the old camera, calipers, brushes, palette. And on an easel, left exactly as it was when N.C. Wyeth died in 1945, is an unfinished portrait of George Washington on horseback.
June 17, 2001 |
How do different generations of Americans view the patriots and pirates of their day? That topic - and all its subtle shades of meaning - is broadly addressed in "One Nation: Patriots and Pirates Portrayed by N.C. Wyeth and James Wyeth," which opened recently at the Brandywine River Museum. While the exhibit offers a balanced showing of work by the patriarch of one of America's most celebrated artistic families and his grandson, it also manages to convey an entire country's evolving views, from the early 20th century to the present.