BP award winning Portrait painter Paul Wright’s recent paintings demonstrate the latest exciting stage in his exploration of colour, dynamic brushwork and a vigorous interpretation of his subject matter. They are vibrant, confident and direct, but with a powerful new dimension achieved by his dismantling of the freshly painted surface to distort and move elements of the image around. This ever developing process opens up new avenues for executing a painting, a technique that adds motion, energy and an element of creative chance to reinforce both the artist’s vision and the experience of the viewer.
Working as ever in richly textured oils on board, linen and metal; Paul brings life, immediacy and insight to his signature portraits, still life and landscapes. This bold new approach is characteristic of an artist who constantly challenges himself, rendering his thoughts, feelings and energy physical through the application of paint. He explains: “The more serious I have become about painting, the more I realise it is an integral part of who I am. I cannot separate myself from it. I am aware that there have to be periods of consolidation, but soon there is a desire in me to make it difficult again, to face up to new challenges.”
The energy and immediacy of his work owe much to the artist’s concentrated creative process: his working style is intense and focused, with most pictures completed in a single burst of almost non-stop activity. His work ethos is about discipline, vision and dedication that result in paintings that have a coherency of expression and which communicate powerfully with the spectator. Wright’s working environment supports this: his Leicester studio is a long and narrow room with a high, vaulted ceiling and clear and consistent light from the triple aspect windows. But there is no external view to distract, the windows are obscured and the easel is set before an internal wall. The effect creates a tunnel of concentration on the act on painting.
After training as an Illustrator, I have spent the last 14 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
Commissioning a painting
Over the years Paul has been commissioned by public organizations and private individuals to produce paintings for their collections, these pictures are predominantly portraits but also include a range of other subjects.
He welcomes all enquiries regarding commissioning paintings and is always happy to discuss a clients individual requirements. For more information: email paul – firstname.lastname@example.org
Name: The paintings
Type: Painting, Visual Arts
Technique: Oil on canvas, Oil on board