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Robert Wright Acrylic Painting on Paper Town Scene

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Robert Wright (Pennsylvania, 1943-2006)
Acrylic on paper
Signed to lower right

An acrylic painting on paper of an abstract town scene by self-taught American artist Robert Wright (1943-2006). Depicted are the South Side Slopes of Pittsburgh with colorful houses, vibrating clouds, winding streets, and a church prominently situated on the horizong. Signed to the lower right, the work is presented under acrylic and housed in a silver-tone metal frame.

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.


- some wrinkles present to upper left corner of composition; minor wear scattered throughout frame.


28.25" W x 22.25" H x 1.5" D

- measurement of frame; visible image measures approximately 27.25" W x 21.25" H.

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