School of Art
Most People are Other People
An exhibition of portraits of actors by Stuart Pearson Wright12 February – 11 May 2007
40 drawings of British and Irish actors in association with the National Portrait Gallery, London. There will be a concurrent exhibition of work from the School of Art collection curated by the artist.
A multi award-winning artist living and working in East London, Stuart Pearson Wright came to public attention around the time of his graduation from the Slade School of Fine Art in 1999.
Since leaving the Slade, he has been much in demand to paint commissioned portraits. For the centenary of the Royal Society of Arts in 2003, he painted a half-length portrait of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, naked, with a bluebottle on his shoulder and watercress growing from his raised index finger. His portrait of Harry Potter's creator J. K. Rowling (2005) was unveiled last year at the National Portrait Gallery.
During the Summer, Most People Are Other People was shown at the National Portrait Gallery and National Theatre, London. The National Portrait Gallery bought ten drawings from the exhibition, including portraits of Timothy Spall, Jeremy Irons, Alison Steadman and Alan Rickman. We are borrowing their most recent acquisitions for the exhibition. The show in Aberystwyth comprises 40 drawings as well as Wright’s large paintings of John Hurt as The Ventriloquist and Michael Gambon, commissioned for the Garrick Club.
In addition to the National Portrait Gallery, the exhibition will be shown at the National Theatre in London and the Hunt Museum in Limerick. A catalogue featuring all forty portrait drawings, a foreword by John Hurt, an interview with Timothy Spall and a short story by Miranda Bowen will be available to purchase at each of the venues.
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