Who knew that James Wyeth, son of realist painter Andrew Wyeth and grandson of illustrator N.C. Wyeth lives in the Rockland Maine area? What an interesting find. James was one of the major painter’s downtown in NYC with Warhol and Basquiat. James had his first one-man exhibition at Knoedler Gallery in 1966 at the age of 20. During his friendship with Warhol, the two shopped for antiques and taxidermy specimens together, attended art exhibition and gallery openings, discussed popular culture, and exchanged ideas. Warhol would often visit Wyeth’s farm in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. The three painters were ahead of their time and helped forged a new era in painting during the 60’s and 70’s.
Jana from the Carver Hill Gallery, in Rockland, Maine, has some fascinating history of the Wyeth family. She is also expansive in her curating skills as gallery owner of the Carver. Jana is a natural art historian and is a great supporter of modern art work in the area. I am so fortunate to have Jana showing my Birch series of paintings from the New England Expressionism group.