From swine to bovine: Wyeth's passion for wildlife

Artist Jamie Wyeth, a member of the famous painting clan that includes his late father, Andrew, and grandfather, N.C., has often traveled far beyond his Chadds Ford-area home. But it is Point Lookout, his expansive Delaware County farm, where he nurtured the relationships that have produced some of his most-admired paintings.

There's Den-Den, the plump porcine pet memorialized in "Portrait of Pig," and Culture Vulture, the rescued bird Wyeth raised who is depicted in "Portrait of Vulture," and  Eighty-Six, a formidable black and white bull who charged the artist when he was working on "Eighty-Six and Sixty-Seven."

Now, five decades of Wyeth's work is on display at the Brandywine River Museum in “Farm Work by Jamie Wyeth,” a 70-work exhibition that runs through Sept. 11.

During a recent autograph session at the museum, Wyeth charmed an appreciative audience, many of whom had questions about the myriad animals featured in the paintings.

"Is Homer still alive?" one woman asked, referring to the title of one of Wyeth's dog paintings.

"Homer's not, sadly," Wyeth replied.

Pamela Bastings, 45, a French teacher at Bayard Rustin High, said she had been visiting the museum since she was 3. She said now that she lives in East Fallowfield, she is even more enamored of Wyeth's work.

"I have a farm with 21 animals," she explained. "You probably have more than that, right?"

"A lot more," he said with a smile,

For more information about the show, visit www.brandywinemuseum.org.

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