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Robert Wright Acrylic Painting on Paper Stylized Birds

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

An acrylic painting on paper of stylized birds by self-taught American artist Robert Wright (1943-2006). This work features a pair of intertwined birds against a foliate background, portrayed with large gestural brushstrokes and various vibrant colors. The work is signed in paint to the lower right. It is presented under glass with purple matting, and housed in a composite wood frame. A frame label is adhered to the verso.

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 wear scattered throughout frame.


32.0" W x 26.0" H x 1.75" D

- measurement of frame; visible image measures approximately 27.5" W x 21.25" H.

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