paul wright

Paul Wright

United Kingdom 1973


Paul Wright
Paul Wright
United Kingdom
November 24, 2015
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Paul Wright is a British painter, born in Leicester in 1973. He is best known for his portraits, visible brushstrokes, large-scale works and streaks of unblended colors. His subjects also include still lifes and interior scenes.

Wright went to Falmouth School of Art from 1992 to 1995, where he obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration. Before that, he studied fine art at Loughborough College of Art and Design. After graduation, the artist started experimenting with works created using larger brushes. The new technique greatly differed from the techniques he had been taught during his undergraduate studies.

Still life

Paul Wright - Red and White
Paul Wright – Red and White

His paintings are large, expressive, realized with thick, exuberant brushstrokes, rich palette, and feature a fusion of abstraction and representation.

He was nominated for the prestigious BP Portrait Award in 2014. His works are featured in many collections, such as Standard Chartered Bank, Prudential, Texas State University, Accenture and Leicestershire Health Authority.

Paul Wright was a drawing tutor at Loughborough College of Art and Design, from 2009 to 2013. He completed two artist residencies, at Worksop College Nottinghamshire in 2003, and at Texas State University, United States, in 2010.

Simon Armitage was selected for the BP portrait award exhibition

Paul Wright - Full Colour Entertainment and Simon Armitage
Left: Paul Wright – Full Colour Entertainment, Right: Simon Armitage

He has exhibited his paintings in numerous shows and art fairs, both in the United Kingdom and abroad, in the United States, Canada and Brazil. He participated at the London Art Fair and Art London several times, and at Art Toronto, Canada in 2012.

The artist is best known for his portraits

Paul Wright - Jim and James
Paul Wright – Jim and James

Paul Wright lives and works in his Leicester, his birth place.

All images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/VenueSolo/Group
2015London Art FairLondonGroup
2015Head Strong Thompson`s Gallery LondonSolo
2014BP Portrait Award ExhibtionNational Portrait Gallery, LondonGroup
2013London Art FairLondonGroup
2012London Art FairLondonGroup
2011London Art FairLondonGroup
2010Art London 2010LondonGroup
2010Paul WrightThompson`s Gallery LondonSolo
2007Annual exhibitionRoyal Society of Portrait PaintersGroup
2006BP Portrait AwardNational Portrait Gallery, LondonGroup
2006Paul Wright: Solo exhibitionModern Artists Gallery Whitchurch On ThamesSolo
2006Selection of paintings since 1996Vanilla Gallery LeicesterSolo
2005Grounding the figureSaltburn Artists Projects MiddlesboroughGroup
2005Recent paintingsThe LCB Depot LeicesterSolo
2004Nottingham City Open exhibitionNottingham castleGroup
2004Leicester City Open exhibitionThe City Gallery LeicesterGroup
2004Cancer Awareness ExhibitionWalkers Stadium LeicesterGroup
2003Annual Open ExhibitionDerby museumGroup
2001Annual ExhibitionPlymouth MuseumGroup
2001Open ExhibitionRoyal West Of England AcademyGroup
2001Painting Triennial artists exhibitionRoyal West Of England AcademyGroup