Robert Wright Oil Painting on Paper Town Scene
An oil painting on paper town scene by Robert Wright (Pennsylvania, 1943-2006). Depicted are the South Side Slopes of Pittsburgh with colorful houses, billowing clouds, and streets running throughout. Signed to the lower right. The work remains unmounted and unframed.
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.