Teardrops Can Never Drown the Flame Mounted Print
Giclee inkjet digital print from the original by Stuart Pearson Wright. Printed on Premium Lustre Photo Satin 280gsm paper ; mounted and ready to be be framed.
Mount size 600 x 473mm
Members price: £180.00
Stuart Pearson Wright is an artist living and working in Suffolk. 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.
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 should at once have been bought by the Tate". Instead, the painting concerned: Tisbury Court- a Tragicomedy was bought by disgraced peer Geoffrey Archer.
In 2000 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. Earlier that year Stuart's career had taken an unexpected turn when he won the first prize in the BP Portrait Awards for his painting Gallus gallus with Still Life and Presidents.
A commission which made the headlines was a portrait of the children's author J.K. Rowling. Commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery. This portrait took Stuart nearly a year to complete and saw his work moving in a new direction. The portrait was conceived in the manner of a regency toy theatre, with the figure painted onto a flat cut-out, mounted in a three-dimensional space.
Stuart's interest in the theatre, and the concept of artifice led to his next exhibition in 2006, called Most people are other people: a collection of forty portrait drawings of British and Irish actors. The work was shown at the National Portrait Gallery and the National Theatre in London.
Stuart is now represented by Riflemaker and has had three exhibitions there: I Remember You in 2010, Together in Electric Dreams in 2012 and Love and Death in 2013. During that period Stuarts work has expanded beyond painting to include film, sculpture and music. He made a film installation with the actress Keira Knightley called MAZE and recorded a vinyl album of country and western classics which featured as the backdrop to I Remember You.
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