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George Weymouth: Landscapes and Portraits of Brandywine

 

The Haggerty Museum of Art will present the exhibition George Weymouth: Landscapes and Portraits of Brandywine from July 19 through September 30, 2001. The exhibition opening on Thursday, July 19 will feature a gallery talk by the artist at 6 p.m. with a reception following from 7 - 8 p.m. at the Haggerty Museum.

American born George Weymouth (b.1936) is a landscape and portrait artist whose work is largely based on his surroundings in the Brandywine Valley, located outside of Wilmington, Delaware. His portrait work ranges from people in his local community to international figures such as Luciano Pavarotti, and his landscapes portray the naturally rich scenes of Pennsylvania and Delaware country. His approach to these subjects is based on the early encouragement and guidance of his mother, who was also an artist influenced by realism, and his studies at Yale University. Weymouth works on paper, canvas, and panel, and uses the traditional mediums of watercolor, oil, and tempera, which requires skillful application. This difficult medium provides luminosity and depth, but dries fast, not allowing the artist to blend colors on the surface. (left: Banks (detail), n.d., watercolor on paper, 48 x 48 inches, collecion of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Kerstetter)

Weymouth's attention to his local surroundings is reflected in his work, as well as his involvement in the Brandywine Conservancy, an environmental and cultural organization that he helped found in 1967, and in and the Brandywine River Museum. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for both organizations. He was appointed by President Nixon to the Commission of Fine Arts and served from 1972 to 1977. He also served in 1974 on the Visual Arts Panel of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and in 1981 received the University of Delaware's Merit Award for community service. He was also one of the artists selected by NASA to paint at Cape Kennedy during the moon shots. These paintings were then exhibited at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. His portrait and landscape works have been exhibited nationally and internationally.

A catalogue will be published in conjunction with the exhibition featuring an essay by Curtis L. Carter.

 

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