Iron Man

Artist Details

Name: Mary Whyte
Birth: 1953
Nationality: American

Artwork Details

Date of Work: 2000
Medium: watercolor on paper
Dimensions: 39 x 28 inches
Credit: Museum Purchase with funds provided by Dr. and Mrs. Louis D. Wright, Jr. and Mrs. Norman Olsen, Jr. and a partial gift of Coleman Fine Art

An Ohio native, Mary Whyte graduated from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She has been active as a teacher, artist, and writer for over twenty-five years, exhibiting and conducting workshops across the country. While Whyte paints a variety of subjects from languid Lowcountry scenes to still-lifes, she is best known for her distinctive portraits.

Iron Man is a portrait of famed ironworker Philip Simmons (1912 – 2009) of Charleston. Considered one of South Carolina’s most treasured artisans, Simmons was born on Daniel Island. He received countless awards over his long career as a blacksmith, including a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1982 and induction into the South Carolina Hall of Fame in 1994.

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