Frederick S. Wight

USA / 1902 - 1986 /
FREDERICK WIGHT (1902-1986) Born on June 1, 1902, in New York, New York, the only child of Carol Wight and Alice Stallknect. The Wight Family moved throughout New York state and Vermont before settling in Chatham, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in 1910. Frederick Wight entered high school in 1910, graduating at the age of 15.

In 1917 he entered University of Virginia, completing his studies in 1923. After graduation he traveled to Paris to seriously pursue his artistic studies (his uncle, Dr. Sherman Wight, financed his endeavors). Studied at the Academie Julian from 1923-1925.

Wight returned to Cape Cod in 1925, where he painted portraits during most of the year and visited Virginia and Georgia during the winter in search of warmer climates. Occasional Commissions furnished by Mrs. Cornelius Sullivan. Other subjects for portraits included: Eskine Caldwell, James Branch Campbell, and Edward Seidel Canby. Later portraits completed for Jacques Lipchitz and Lyonel Feininger, as well as local Cape Cod captains. First novel, "South", published in 1935 to encouraging critical attention.

He married Joan Elizabeth Bingham in 1936. The following 2 years were spent traveling in Joan's home country of England, and also to the South of France, which made a strong impression on Wight's art, resulting in several colorful landscape paintings. Passed through a brief experimental period, which he called "Semi-Surrealist." In 1938, Wight and Joan moved to Chatham, Massachusetts....
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For the final dozen years of his life, Wight devoted himself to painting and produced a revelatory body of work: the culmination of a lifelong passion and the realization of an extraordinary gift.
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Suzan Hamer


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