Paul Wright

Paul Wright is renowned for painting portraits. Even his interior scenes and still lifes have the feeling of portraiture, as he attempts to capture the 'life' of an object. Every brushstroke is not only visible, but so prominent as almost to overshadow the subject matter. Paint, for Wright, is highly physical -  figures and objects can be seen as if through a mesh of colourful strokes. Faces are rendered in an almost cubist fashion, while greyscale or flashes of brilliant colour are implemented to accentuate age and features. 

After training as an Illustrator, I have spent the last 15 years developing a painterly language through which I seek to capture a vitality beyond the establishment of a mere ‘likeness’ to the subject, “ says Wright. “Whilst I appreciate the importance of the individual being recognisable, the subjects are glimpsed rather than exposed, their inner selves hinted at but ultimately inscrutable. Though I often work on a large, potentially imposing scale, the work remains approachable through fluency of brush mark and a rich palette. The spaces the subjects inhabit are often indeterminate, providing an atmosphere that allows for ambiguity of psychological state. The subjects retain their integrity and yet a sense of intimacy is evoked"

Paul Wright (b. Leicester, UK, 1973) was a nominee for the BP Portrait Award 2014. He obtained a BA in Illustration from Falmouth School of Art. Wright has exhibited at the London Art Fair (2011); Art London (2011); Art Toronto, Canada; India Arts Destival, Mumbai, India; Sara Eyestone Gallery, Santa Fe, Arizona, USA; Thompsons Gallery, London, amongst many other spaces. His works forms part of the collections of the Prudential, Standard Chartered Bank, Accenture, Leicestershire Health Authority, P&O, Rutland County, Texas State University.

In Paul Wright's work, "Style does not overwhelm the content, however, but gives a sharp focus to character and mood. The viewer is brought into the private world of the subject to ponder on his or her inner thoughts; with little or no background detail, there is nothing to distract from the creation of a direct and, at times, even intimate relationship … In capturing character, Paul has occasionally shifted his focus from the face to look to explore the qualities that can be found in a person’s clothes, in particular shoes and boots. The way he captures the creases of a well-worn pair of brogues, or the folds and stains on a pair of the artist’s overalls again leads the viewer into the private world of the wearer. In the studio, this aspect of his work is reflected in discarded jeans and odd shoes, scattered rather comfortingly, as if in a student bedsit.

Not all his canvases are small and, perhaps as a means of breaking out of the intensity of his portraiture, Paul has embarked on a series of cloudscapes. These brilliant, open works give the artist breathing space and the opportunity to apply his technique and colour to a totally different subject.

Mastery of a fine technique and great artistic perception combine to make Paul Wright an artist of uncommon accomplishment and talent."

Darryl McCarthy, Art Journalist, Art Critic and Art Collector