Jamie Wyeth is one of the leading contemporary artists of our time. His paintings range from intensely perceptive portraits of people, places, and animals he knows well to imaginary fabulist scenes, touched with humor and the quiddity of life. The son of artist Andrew Wyeth, Jamie has been drawing and painting nearly all his life. At age twelve, he began formal training in drawing, composition, and oil painting with his aunt Carolyn Wyeth at his grandfather's N.C. Wyeth's studio in Chadd’s Ford, Pennsylvania. Working with his aunt, he developed a love for the sensory nature of oil paint—its look, smell, and feel—that has carried through his art. Vividly colored, with open, energetic brushwork, his paintings revel in the physicality of paint and the immediacy of his environment. Qualities that connect his work to artists Robert Henri, George Bellows, and Rockwell Kent, who painted in Maine on Monhegan Island in the early 20th century. In the 1960s, Wyeth purchased a home on Monhegan that had previously been owned by Kent. Since the 1980s, he has spent much of the year painting from his home and studio on Southern Island, offshore of Tenant’s Harbor, where the drama of life on a small island, buffeted by weather, time and tides, and memories of past places and people continue to feed his love affair with paint.
James Browning Wyeth was raised in Chadds Ford Township, Pennsylvania. He has exhibited his work continuously since his first show in New York in 1965. His work became widely known in 1971 after being shown alongside his father's and grandfather’s art in an exhibition at the newly opened Brandywine River Museum in Chadd’s Ford. Since then, his work has been the subject of numerous exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad. In 2014, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston presented a major retrospective exhibition of his art. His works are in many private and public collections, including the Brandywine River Museum, the Farnsworth Art Museum, the Terra Museum of American Art, the National Gallery of Art, the National Portrait Gallery, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and others. He is a National Academy of Design member and has served on the National Endowment for the Arts Council.