Robert Wright Abstract Acrylic Portrait Painting, Late 20th Century
Robert Wright (Pennsylvania, 1943 – 2006)
Untitled (portrait), late 20th century
Acrylic painting on canvas
Signed to the 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.
- abrasions and paint stains to the canvas edges; tear to the lower left measures approximately 0.25" W x 0.5" H; tears to the lower left edge of the canvas; significant water damage stain to the verso; some stains and scratches throughout.