In Memoriam: Gordon Wetmore, 1938 - 2011


Gordon Wetmore

It is with great sadness that we share the news of Gordon Wetmore's passing.  A true visionary, Gordon made a tremendous impact not only on the profession of portraiture, but on all of our lives individually as well.  

Gordon Wetmore earned a degree in art and continued his studies at the Art Students League in New York.   He was a member of the Artists' Fellowship of New York and Oil Painters of America, and served on the Board of Overseers of Opera Boston.  He was the founding chairman of the Portrait Society of America.

A prolific painter, Wetmore created more than 700 portraits of distinguished and well-known subjects, including Richard M. Nixon, Jack Nicklaus, Fred Couples, Dr. and Mrs. Norman Vincent Peale, Leon Uris, Princess Grace, and Prince Rainier and Prince Albert of Monaco.  His portraits can be found in private and public collections throughout the world, including the White House, the Royal Palace of Monaco, the Knessett in Jerusalem, the Hunter Museum of American Art, and Harvard, Duke, Emory, Vanderbilt, and Northwestern universities. 

American Artist magazine described Gordon as a "friendly, open person, uniquely suited to portrait painting."  He was known for his accurate and vivid interpretations of people, capturing the true character of his subjects with a brushwork that flowed with feeling and responsiveness toward each person he painted.

Gordon passed away on August 25, 2011, shortly after being diagnosed with extremely rare Prion disease.   We will continue to honor Gordon's memory with our annual Gordon Wetmore Scholarship.  We are all grateful for having known him and we will remember him always.

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