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Stuart Pearson Wright is a highly celebrated contemporary British artist who won the first prize in the BP Portrait Award in 2001 and was commissioned to paint the portrait of the novelist JK Rowling which now forms part of the National Portrait Gallery’s collection in London.

Pearson Wright was born in Northampton in 1975 and grew up in the small seaside town of Eastbourne. He later studied at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. During his time at the Slade, Stuart 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. Godfrey Barker in the Evening Standard labeled Stuart ‘A Hogarth for our Times’ and Brian Sewell was to describe 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, and the largest of them (very large and very mad) should at once have been bought by the Tate’.

Pearson Wright’s work shows a clear interest in the work of Flemish painters and in the British romantic tradition. But, like the best painters of the past, he draws on an inherited tradition, while at the same time producing work of great originality.

His work has been shown at London’s National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, the British National Opera and the Jerwood Space.

His work is included in the following collections:

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
British Museum, London
Daniel Radcliffe Collection
Frank Cohen Collection, Manchester
Garrick Club, London
House of Commons, London (Government Art Collection)
ING Barings Bank, Brussels
Jerwood Foundation, London
J.K.Rowling Collection, Edinburgh
Keira Knightley Collection, London
National Portrait Gallery, London
Omer Koc Collection, Istanbul
Rhode Island School of Design Museum, USA

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  • The Artist Private Collection, London
  • Pickup Location: United Kingdom
  • Shipping Dimensions: 24.4 x 17.34 in. (61.98 x 44.04 cm.)

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