Opening on July 1 and continuing through August 1, Jamie Wyeth: Preview | Unsettled features a selection of new paintings by the acclaimed artist. Vividly colored, with energetic brushwork, Wyeth’s paintings range from intensely perceptive portraits of people, places, and animals he knows well to imaginary scenes touched with macabre humor. The show previews the upcoming major museum exhibition, Jamie Wyeth: Unsettled, to be presented at the Brandywine River Museum in 2024. The show at Dowling Walsh includes significant works from the artist’s recent Screen Door Sequence, incorporating found doors with large-scale oil paintings. Also included are new additions to the series Wyeth began in 2012, titled Suite of Untoward Occurrences on Monhegan Island, portraying tales of strange events on the isolated island that has been his part-time home since the 1960s. Other works, such as the expressively painted Shell Middens, 2022, depict his continuing close observation of the natural world.
The son of artist Andrew Wyeth, James Browning Wyeth was raised in Chadds Ford Township, Pennsylvania. At age twelve, he began formal training in drawing, composition, and oil painting with his aunt Carolyn Wyeth. Working with his aunt, Jamie developed a love for the sensory nature of oil paint—its look, smell, and feel—that has carried through his art. Since his first show in New York in 1965 at age nineteen, he has exhibited his work continuously throughout the United States and abroad, including a major retrospective at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in 2014. His works are in numerous 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, and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. He is a National Academy of Design member and has served on the National Endowment for the Arts Council.