Robert Wright Folk Art Impasto Oil Painting of Church
Robert Wright (Pennsylvania, 1943-2006)
Untitled (church in landscape)
Oil painting on canvas
Signed with monogram to lower right
Born a seventh son of a seventh son, Robert Wright was deeply influenced by his Roman Catholic faith and local Pittsburgh neighborhoods. His paintings often highlight the South Side Pittsburgh slopes, religious motifs, faces, and birds. He was a self-taught artist who exhibited at a few local Pittsburgh galleries and the Three Rivers Arts Festival. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, Wright never finished high school and eventually worked as a landscaper and a janitor at a daycare center. His mother, Catherine, fostered his artistic interests and he eventually found success with his work at a social service agency in Oakland.
- extensive drying cracks to impasto areas; scattered accretion throughout; minor paint loss to upper right.