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Robert Wright Folk Art Acrylic Painted Cigar Box, Late 20th Century

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Robert Wright (Pennsylvania, 1943 – 2006)
Untitled (cigar box), late 20th century
Acrylic painting on wood and paper cigar box
Signed to the underside

Born the 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.


- discoloration; accretions; and possible light water damage to paint; minor craquelure, scratches, scuffing, and scattered spots of flaking to paint; light abrasions and peeling to the edges of the box.


7.0" W x 5.25" H x 5.0" D

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