Paul Wright is renowned for painting portraits. Even his interior scenes and still life works 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 grey-scale or flashes of brilliant colour are implemented to accentuate age and features.
Paul Wright (b. Leicester, UK, 1973) was exhibited in the BP Portrait Award in 2006 and a nominee in 2014. Two books have been published on Wright and his work. He obtained a BA in Illustration from Falmouth School of Art. He has exhibited at the London Art Fair (2011); Art London (2011); Art Toronto, Canada; India Arts Festival, Mumbai, India; Sara Eyestone Gallery, Santa Fe, Arizona, USA, amongst many other spaces. His works form part of the collections of the Prudential, Standard Chartered Bank, Accenture, Leicestershire Health Authority, P&O, Rutland County, Texas State University.
“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.”