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Robert Wright Folk Art Acrylic Paintings on Wood Blocks, Late 20th Century

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Robert Wright (Pennsylvania, 1943 – 2006)
Untitled, late 20th century
Twelve acrylic paintings on wood blocks
Signed to verso; initialed to verso

From the collection of P.J. McArdle

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.


- significant dust accretions and discoloration to surface; moderate water damage and staining; air bubbles to paint; minor abrasions throughout; wear and staining to verso.


4.5" W x 2.75" H x 1.0" D

- measures largest.

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