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Robert Wright Acrylic Painted Wooden Blocks, Late 20th Century

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Robert Wright (Pennsylvania, 1943 – 2006)
Untitled, late 20th century
Nine acrylic painted wooden blocks
Initialed to the underside

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. Wright’s work was championed by the collector of folk and outsider art Pat McArdle.


- scratches, embrittlement, and abrasions to the blocks; paint chipping and stains throughout the composition; dust, residue, and natural textures to the surface.


5.5" W x 1.5" H x 0.75" D

- measures the largest block; smallest block measures 2.25" W x 2" H x 0.75" D.

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