Artist DetailsName: Mary Whyte
Artwork DetailsDate of Work: 2000
Period: 20th Century
Type: Work on Paper
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.