Jean Carruther's Wetta's new exhibit unveils a striking world of narrative, intrigue, and beauty through painting. From still life and landscape to portraiture, Wetta's unique vision brings an extraordinary power to vignettes of daily life:
"Andre Malraux's comment that art issues from art and not from nature is true of my work. I find inspiration in the paintings of those artists who were unpretentious celebrators of the ordinary. Vermeer, Vuillard, Morandi, Chardin, Fantin-Latour, for example, all painted ordinary things with great tenderness. They found beauty in the way light fell across their world. They discovered magic in the everyday.
Over twenty years ago, I met John Canaday, the art critic for the New York Times. He generously commented that I was "not a still life painter, nor a landscape painter, nor a portrait painter but a mood painter." At the time I did not understand the significance of the remark, but over the years it has given me direction.
The objects I paint are everyday things. The subject of my painting is the way light travels across those objects. The content is the mood created by that light and by the sometimes odd combinations of things. This mood I hope is about little intimacies, secret places and mystery."
- Jean Carruthers Wetta
Wetta's works are included in private and museum collections including The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, Texas; The Contemporary Art Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii; The Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, Texas; the Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas; and The Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, Texas. Her work has been exhibited widely in the United States and has been included in various museum and university exhibitions including The Jubilee Museum in Columbus, Ohio; the Beeville Art Museum in Beeville, Texas; the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK; the Ormond Memorial Art Museum, Ormond Beach, Florida; and the Ft. Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Recently she was selected by artist Eric Fischl to be in "64 Arts" a national juried exhibition in conjunction with Fischl's nationwide project America: Now and Here at the Buchanan Center for the Arts in Monmouth, Illinois.