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Robert Wright Gouache Painting on Canvas Tote Bag

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A gouache painted canvas tote bag by Robert Wright (Pennsylvania, 1943-2006). To either side of the bag are abstracted facial forms in wild colors and primitive forms. Signed to the lower right of either side. ‘RW.’

Influenced by his Roman Catholic faith and the Pittsburgh neighborhoods he grew up in, Wright’s painting often highlight the South Side 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 janitor and cut grass. 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.


13.0" W x 15.0" H x 0.25" D

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