Robert Wright Acrylic Painting of Jesus Falling with the Cross
Robert Wright (Pennsylvania, 1943 – 2006)
Untitled (Jesus falling with the cross), 1998
Acrylic painting on canvas
Signed to the lower right
From Stations of the Cross series
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.
- minor dust to the surface of painting; stains to the upper left of painting; blistering and uneven application to paint of frame; pieces of frame somewhat loose; nicks and abrasions to the frame.
- measures frame.