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Robert Wright Folk Art Acrylic Painting of Bird and Stars, 2004

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Robert Wright (Pennsylvania, 1943 – 2006)
Untitled (blue bird surrounded by blue stars), 2004
Acrylic painting on paper
Signed to lower right

Born the 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 collector of folk and outsider art Pat McArdle.


- handling wear; vague creasing; rippling and warping to sheet; light wear to edges and corners.


28.0" W x 22.0" H x 0.1" D

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