Paul Wright is a leading British artist whose exceptional talent has already earned him a place at the BP National Portrait Award on two occasions as well as keeping him in constant and ever increasing demand. He is currently working on a number of concurrent international exhibitions in Toronto, New York and London.

Paul has mastered a unique and evocative technique: bold, thick strokes are applied with confidence and harmony, using a rich palette, and creating wonderful explosions of texture, colour and life. His exceptionally powerful pieces reveal the essence of his subjects with abandon and poetry all at once.

In his own words: ''After training as an Illustrator, 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 individual being recognisable, the subjects 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 approachable 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”.

Paul's mastery of technique and great artistic perception combine to make him an artist of uncommon wonder and talent.
Paul was selected for the 2014 BP National Portrait Award Prize at the National Gallery.


Pork & Mead Magazine 2012

Extract from “Paul Wright: Painting”, publ 2010


London art fair, Islington
Bolshoi ART
Art London, Chelsea
London Art Fair, Islington, London
Art London 2010, Chelsea, London
Modern Artists Gallery, New paintings, Whitchurch
The Russell Collection, Austin, Texas, USA
The Campden Gallery, ‘Spirit and matter’, Chipping Campden
Texas State University, USA, Artist in Residence
Thompsons Gallery, London, new paintings
The Discerning Eye Exhibition, London
Paul Wright ‘Paintings’, Monograph self published
The Bristol Gallery, Bristol, New contemporaries
Paul Wright and Jonathan Worth, Catmose Gallery, Oakham
Paul Wright Paintings, Thompsons Gallery, London
Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Annual exhibition
Commission of 21 paintings for P&O cruise ship
BP Portrait Award Exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London
Paul Wright, Recent Paintings, Modern Artists Gallery, Whitchurch
Group show “Grounding the figure“, Saltburn Artists Project, Middlesborough
Portrait of Eddie Isaacs M.B.E, Leicester Train Station
Public commission, Braunstone Health And Social Centre, Leicester
Artist In Residence, Worksop College Nottinghamshire


Standard Chartered Bank
Leicestershire Health authority
Rutland county council
Texas State University
Smith and Williamson


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