Representing an imagined scene from a yet-to-be-made film, the present work offers a host of narrative possibilities, engaging the viewer’s imagination in Jamie Wyeth’s signature style. Here, a small Northern Blue Jay – who, as it appears, may or may not actually be a taxidermy specimen – confronts a much larger, yet seemingly oblivious loon atop the vivid red blanket that gives the work its title.
Exemplifying Wyeth’s meticulous attention to detail, the streamlined loon possesses the greenish-black head, red eyes, and checkerboard plumage characteristic of the species, while the Northern Blue Jay’s physical characteristics – and assertive personality – correspond precisely with what is seen in nature.
Would-be filmmaker Joey Stoopes actually attended elementary school in Maine with Mary Beth Dolan, who works on the catalogue raisonné of Wyeth’s work.
Signature: Signed at lower right: J. Wyeth
Adelson Galleries, New York, Seven Deadly Sins & Recent Work by Jamie Wyeth, March 14 - April 18, 2008, illus. in color, p. 47
This painting is included in the database of the artist’s work being compiled by the Wyeth Center at the William A. Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, Maine.
About Jamie Wyeth
Realist painter Jamie Wyeth is the son of Andrew Wyeth and the grandson of N.C. Wyeth. Though many of his works depict the Maine coast, animals, and wildlife, Jamie Wyeth has also painted portraits of political and entertainment figures, including the likes of President John F. Kennedy, Rudolf Nureyev, Andy Warhol, and Arnold Schwarzenegger; made charcoal drawings that documented the unfolding drama of the Senate Watergate hearings in the 1970s; and made paintings for Stephen King's ABC-TV miniseries Kingdom Hospital. His style is notable for its bold contract and lush, almost tactile surfaces.
American, b. 1946, Wilmington, Delaware, based in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania and Tenants Harbor, St. George, Maine