Stuart Pearson Wright
Stuart Pearson Wright is an artist living and working in East London. He grew up in Eastbourne, a seaside town in southern England.
Born in 1975 in Northampton, Stuart drew with enthusiasm from an early age and after flirting with the idea of becoming an actor, finally opted for art school. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art in London, where his work received an ambivalent response from the tutors.
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 labelled 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”. Instead, the painting concerned: Tisbury Court 1999- a Tragicomedy , a large canvas with a neoclassical proscenium frame was bought by novelist and disgraced peer Geoffrey Archer.
After graduating from the Slade, Stuart returned to Eastbourne for a year. Working in a studio above his Mother’s antique shop.
In 2000 Stuart returned to London. A chance encounter with the actor John Hurt in Old Compton Street led to a small portrait on oak, which was subsequently bought by the National Portrait Gallery along with a portrait of the Ballet dancer Adam Cooper.