OGUNQUIT, MAINE, June 7, 2016 – The Ogunquit Museum of American Art (OMAA) presents Jamie Wyeth: Private Collection, on view in the Sculpture Gallery from June 30 through October 31, 2016. This exhibition features human, animal, and landscape works that exemplify the artist’s imaginative approach to realism and his directness that readily invites viewer interpretation. Jamie Wyeth last exhibited at OMAA in 2007.
“We are very pleased to welcome Jamie Wyeth back to OMAA this summer,” said Andres Verzosa, OMAA Interim Executive Director and Curator. “The Maine coast has been so important and so well depicted in much of the artist’s work. It has also been central to OMAA’s history and its role in American modern art. This is a great fit of artist and sense of place and we’re looking forward to sharing this exhibition with our audience.”
Part of an artistic legacy that spans 100 years, Jamie Wyeth is the son of Andrew Wyeth and the grandson of N.C. Wyeth. A contemporary American realist painter, he actively paints in Maine every summer. Mr. Wyeth was honored with a retrospective at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston in 2015 that broke all attendance records and also recently had an exhibition at the Denver Art Museum. His works are included in many public collections, including those of the National Gallery of Art, National Portrait Gallery, John F. Kennedy Library, and Museum of Modern Art.
The Ogunquit Museum of American Art (OMAA) was founded by Lost Generation artist Henry Strater and opened in 1953. Closely connected to two of America’s earliest art colonies that directly contributed to the roots of American modernism, OMAA today houses a permanent collection of important paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints and photographs from the late 1800s to the present and is the only museum in Maine devoted exclusively to the exhibition, preservation, and interpretation of American art. A short walk from Perkins Cove, the museum and its three acres of sculpture gardens overlook Narrow Cove and the Atlantic Ocean.
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Jamie Wyeth, Wicker, 1979
Oil on canvas, 22” x 29”
Courtesy Betsy Wyeth