Artist Statement

I have spent the last 15 years developing a painterly language through which I seek to capture a vitality beyond the establishment of a mere ‘likeness’ to the subject. Whilst I appreciate the importance of the subject being recognisable, they are glimpsed rather than exposed, their inner selves hinted at but ultimately inscrutable.

Though I often work on a large, potentially imposing scale, the work remains immediate through fluency of brush mark and a rich palette. The spaces the subjects inhabit are often indeterminate, providing an atmosphere that allows for ambiguity of psychological state. The subjects retain their integrity and yet a sense of intimacy is evoked

Born

06/07/1973 Leicester

Education

1992 – 1995

B.A Illustration Falmouth School of Art

1991 – 1992

Foundation studies Loughborough College of Art and Design

Literature

Paul Wright 'Paul Wright Paintings', 2010, London

Exhibitions

  • 2015

    London art fair, Islington

  • 2014

    Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh

  • 2014

    Patricia Cornish Gallery, Brazil, Recent paintings

  • 2014

    National Portrait Gallery, BP portrait award exhibition

  • 2013

    Gallery Elena Shchukina, London, Paintings

  • 2013

    London art fair, Islington

  • 2012

    Art Toronto, Canada

  • 2012

    London art fair, Islington

  • 2011

    Bolshoi ART

  • 2011

    Art London, Chelsea

  • 2011

    London art fair, Islington

  • 2010

    Art London 2010, Chelsea

  • 2010

    Modern Artists Gallery, New paintings, Whitchurch on Thames

  • 2010

    The Russell Collection, Austin, Texas USA

  • 2010

    The Campden Gallery, ‘Spirit and matter’ Chipping Campden

  • 2010

    Texas State University, USA, artist in residence

  • 2010

    Thompsons Gallery, London, new paintings

  • 2009

    The Discerning Eye Exhibition, London

  • 2009

    Paul Wright ‘Paintings’, Monograph self published

  • 2009

    - 2013 Loughborough University, Drawing tutor

  • 2009

    The Bristol Gallery, Bristol, New contemporaries 1

  • 2008

    Paul Wright Paintings, Thompsons Gallery, London

  • 2007

    Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Annual exhibition

  • 2006

    BP Portrait Award Exhibition, National Portrait Gallery London

  • 2006

    Paul Wright, recent painting, Modern Artists Gallery Whitchurch On Thames

  • 2005

    Group show “Grounding the figure“, Saltburn Artists Projects Middlesborough

  • 2003

    Artist In Residence, Worksop College Nottinghamshire

Collections

Prudential, Standard Chartered Bank, Accenture, Leicestershire Health Authority, P&O, Rutland County Council, Texas State University, Smith and Williamson