Wyeth: Andrew and Jamie in the Studio draws attention to the artistic journeys of these two artists—showing their works side by side and pointing to their shared habits of practice and approaches.
Learn more by reading this article in Antiques & Fine Art magazine by Timothy J. Standring, the Denver Art Museum Gates Foundation Curator of Painting and Sculpture, who curated the Wyeth exhibition. More images are included in the article.
– Timothy J. Standring
Although both were child prodigies, they spent thousands of hours mastering their craft....
An excerpt from Standring's article, "Messy Painting & Fleeting Moments":
"Both worked in Pennsylvania and Maine in relative isolation from the mainstream art world. Although both were child prodigies, they spent thousands of hours mastering their craft, seeking and finding the universe they sought to show. Both trained as if they were apprentices, Andrew to his father, N. C. Wyeth, the well-known illustrator, and Jamie to both his father and his aunt Carolyn.
They learned the fundamentals through progressive exercises that consisted of mastering chiaroscuro by drawing cubes, spheres, and pyramids; studying the elements of composition; and learning how to work with color. These lessons taught them the rewards of discipline and hard work in their efforts to turn technical proficiency into art. Both would acknowledge that the latter is rarely achieved without mastering the former."
Wyeth: Andrew and Jamie in the Studio is on view through February 7. Get tickets.
This article is adapted from the exhibition catalog Wyeth: Andrew and Jamie in the Studio, published in October 2015, by the Denver Art Museum in association with Yale University Press.
Image credit: Jamie Wyeth, Twin Houses, 1969. Watercolor on watercolor paper; 19 x 30 in. UMB Financial Corporation Fine Art Collection. © Jamie Wyeth.