Robert Wright Folk Art Mixed Media Painting of Chicken, Late 20th Century
Robert Wright (American, Pennsylvania, 1943 – 2006)
Untitled (chicken), late 20th century
Oil painting on cigar box
Initialed to the underside
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.
- abrasions, nicks, scratches, and paint chipping throughout the composition; stains to the interior and the underside of the cigar box; dust and residue to the surface.