STUART PEARSON WRIGHTBritish b. 1975

STUART PEARSON WRIGHTBritish b. 1975

Pearson Wright is considered to be one of the most talented and original portraitists of his generation. The National Portrait Gallery in London holds over 30 examples of his work. He refers to his own paintings as “pseudo portraits,” as they go beyond illustrating his subject’s outward appearance and explore their inner state. Describing his approach to portraiture and his broader painting practice, he has said: "I'm interested in the ways in which we construct ourselves and our apparent identities - and the layers and the processes we go through in that construction."

During his time at the Slade School of Fine Art in London, Pearson Wright won a travel award from the National Portrait Gallery as part of its 1998 BP Portrait Awards. He set out in a van on a trip around Britain, producing sketches and paintings as he went. The resulting exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery was called From Eastbourne to Edinburgh-a Painter's Odyssey. Brian Sewell described the paintings as "images of such eccentricity and even madness that they fit perfectly the English tradition of the odd man out, the Blake, Spencer, Cecil Collins line”. Soon after Pearson Wright was awarded a major commission to paint the Past Presidents of the Royal Academy, which won the first prize in the 2001 BP Portrait Award.

Pearson Wright has exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, The Geffrye Museum and Jerwood Space in London. His work can be found in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery, British Museum, Government Art Collection, the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, and the Barings Bank collection in Brussels.