Robert Wright Folk Art Acrylic Painting of a Bird, 21st Century
Robert Wright (Pennsylvania, 1943 – 2006)
Untitled (bird and branch), 21st century
Acrylic painting on paper
Initialed to the lower left
Born a 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.
- surface marks and scratches to paint; warp to paper; light handling wear with bent corners.