In addition to his roles as founder and board chairman of the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art, a philanthropist, and a land and cultural conservationist, George A. "Frolic" Weymouth (1936-2016) was a highly talented artist.
This landmark exhibition of approximately sixty-five of Weymouth’s best works of art in all media reveals the breadth of his visual investigations. From the loose energetic style and monochromatic palette of Weymouth’s early oils in the 1950s, the mature artist, mentored by his close friend Andrew Wyeth, used the mediums of watercolor and egg tempera to create haunting, hushed landscapes and powerful portraits.
The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue co-published by the Brandywine River Museum of Art and Rizzoli/Skira. The catalogue features an introduction by Joseph Rishel, preeminent scholar and distinguished former curator of European Paintings at the Philadelphia Museum of Art who also selected the works in the exhibition, and a major essay by Annette Blaugrund, noted art historian and former director of the National Academy of Design. Rishel’s essay celebrates his long-time friendship with Weymouth, highlighting the artist’s larger-than-life personality and his many remarkable achievements as an artist, philanthropist and leader in conservation. Blaugrund provides insight into Weymouth’s connection to the Brandywine tradition and contribution of his own artistic vision.
The Way Back: The Paintings of George A. Weymouth is part of an ongoing series of exhibitions organized by the Brandywine River Museum of Art highlighting artists who have worked in the Brandywine valley.