From Pen-line to Paint Pots

by Robert Wright

Main Gallery
September 21
- October 15, 2023

We are honoured to showcase Robert S. Wright’s artwork in our gallery, the work spans his life from the 1940’s to as recent as 2023. We had the pleasant opportunity to sit down with Robert and his wife Kay to chat about how his journey with art has changed throughout the past 90 years. Please join us for this one of a kind exhibition.

What to Expect: 

  • Over 65 works
  • Watercolour, acrylic, architectural renderings, comics
  • A chronological order of Robert S. Wright’s life’s work
  • Fine Art, Commercial Art, Portraiture, Landscape

Excerpt from the Artist Statement:

“Most people regard commercial art with some disfavor based on the Rexall and General Motors ads that appear regularly in daily newspapers. While somebody with some skill has to assemble these things, we liken such service to be about as artistically motivated as laying railroad track. The result of such effort is known in the industry as ‘Visual Noise’.

Commercial ‘art’ in its true definition, is more sophisticated and design conscious. The practice commands serious creativity in producing most other forms of print such as corporate image, stationery, signage, annual reports, booklets, brochures, magazine ads, trade ads, merchandising design, architectural renderings, – and the list goes on. The significance of all the above is that the artist is faced with a problem to solve.  His/her task is to solve it in a tasteful manner that reflects or enhances the client’s image and extends to support magazine literature.

Fine art, on the other hand, is quite the opposite.
The fine artist is faced with a blank sheet of paper or canvas and has to be self-motivated to place something of value onto it. If he isn’t motivated, he must work at it until he is. As a retired commercial artist, I find this distinction somewhat unnerving since whether abstract or realistic, the end achievement in fine art remains undefined.”

– Robert S. Wright

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