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Paul Wright at Gallery 27

The Silver Fox, oil on canvas, 120 cm x 100cm. 2013.

Exhibition preview

An exhibition of works by Paul Wright will be on display at Gallery 27 from June 3 to June 8, 2013.

Paul Wright is best known for his portraiture. A nominee for the BP Portrait Award, even his interior scenes and still lifes have the feeling of portraiture, as he attempts to capture the ‘life’ of an object; yet the medium is a key part of his message too.

Every brushstroke is not only visible, but so prominent as almost to overshadow the subject matter. Paint, for Wright, is highly physical. Thus we see figures and objects as if through a mesh of colourful strokes. Faces are rendered in an almost cubist fashion, while greyscale or flashes of brilliant colour are used to accentuate age and features.

“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”, says Wright. “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.”

This exhibition of Paul Wright’s latest work is one of a series leading up to the opening of Gallery Elena Shchukina in Mayfair, in September 2013.

Gallery 27, 27 Cork Street, London, W1S 3AN