Friday, January 16, 2009

Art Blog: RIP

“Painter Andrew Wyeth Dies at 91”

For me this is so sad. Wyeth’s death is strange to me at this moment. In the past two days, I have been thinking about writing a post about very early influences. You would never know it by looking at my work, but Wyeth (Andrew) was one of my very first, favorite artists when I was a young girl. I loved his work. Originally in my young mind, I wanted to paint like him! Years later as I progressed and was inundated by late 70’s art dogma, I wasn’t all that interested anymore. However, I did get to see the “Helga” show at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Even then, I was in awe.

Thank you Mr. Wyeth. RIP


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7 comments:

JafaBrit's Art said...

I saw the Helga exhibit in Baltimore and like you was in awe. The delicate line and handling of the paint was just stunning.

Sheree Rensel said...

Jaf,
Wyeth is particularly meaningful to me because when I finally got to art school, if I brought up Wyeth, noses would scrunch. I was so naive, I didn't understand. I wondered why Wyeth wasn't considered a great artist (at least by my mentors). Now I am older and wiser. I get it now. It is all about art politics. Regardless, nobody can deny this man did many, many, many masterpieces. Yeah! I said it and I am proud!!! LOL LOL LOL

JafaBrit's Art said...

Art politics HAH! You are a jafa with a tude and me thinks you are happier for it. I totally agree about Wyeth.

deb said...

probably not obvious from my work anymore either but I have always admired Wyeth's work.It has such a stillness to it. I think aspiring to paint like him would still be a good thing, art politics suck, and they have no place in art schools! Let fledglings decide for themselves what is worthy of their attention. But I'm sure we all experienced the same nonsense...

Sheree Rensel said...

Jaf,
Oh I am really good at having TUDE. I have had years of practice. That is what I tell my students sometimes. I tell them "Don't roll your eyes at me and give me attitude because I am much older and have much more experience having an attitude. I will WIN!!" LOL LOL

Sheree Rensel said...

Deb,
It is kind of funny. I came to art school loving the work of Wyeth and Robert Vickrey (egg tempera). Before the end of my first year at the university, these artists were fond memories. I never spoke about them again. Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if I had never gone to art school.
However, the things school gave me far outweighs what it took from me. In fact, if I really wanted to, I still have time to pick up a one hair brush or learn egg tempera painting. I don't think I want to do that now though.

namastenancy said...

Artist with 'tude - who knew? LOL! I loved Wyeth's work, especially his watercolors and less formal pieces. His skills were amazing and I'm sorry that some of those formal techniques aren't taught in art schools these days. I'm sure that when the broo-haa about politics dies down, he'll have his honored place in the pantheon of 20th century art.