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Robert Wright Art
September 08, 2015 : Deaf Artist Robert Wright to Display Work at OUL
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager
 
Lancaster – The work of local, deaf artist Robert Wright will be on display in the Raymond S. Wilkes Gallery for the Visual Arts this fall. 
 
“Robert Wright is a local artist and school teacher,” said OUL Adjunct Art Instructor Trisha Clifford-Sprouse. “He has worked in Fairfield County schools for many years and is currently working at Circleville High School.  He has been a featured artist for the Lancaster Festival poster in the past.”
 
The show is called “Robert Wright Up to Now” and showcases a recent change in the type of art Wright is making.
 
“For over forty years I have been using figurative motion as a catalyst for making art. As a deaf artist engaged in a life-long struggle to comprehend the world around me, I rely on gestural figures to chart my growth. With subconscious references to calligraphy and hieroglyphics, I try to direct the viewer away from literally interpreting what one sees toward a more internalized type of seeing. My mark-making process transforms simple gestural representations into an elusive search for clarity,” said Wright. “Lately, I have been moved to do more realistic work, especially portraits. Gesture is still a primary concern of mine; hence I try to capture a more casual portrait of someone I know. I take many reference photographs and generally “compose” my primary reference from several different photos. I enjoy doing portraits because I like people, and it is another way to experience people ‘moving’ through life.”
 
The exhibit opens on September 17. An artist reception will be held that evening from 5 to 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public. The exhibit will be on display through December 11.
Clifford-Sprouse said OUL students, especially those majoring in Deaf Studies and Interpreting and Education, will get a lot out of Wright’s show.  The public will also benefit from coming to see Wright’s work.
 
Wright will also give an artist presentation on October 28 at 6 p.m. in the art gallery.  He will talk about how his art students in Circleville won a trip to New York City and $4,000 in the Vans Custom Culture art contest.