Stephen Wright is a figurative painter who craves artistic freedom in order to feel free to explore and paint for the sheer pleasure of it. His background in graphic design has proven an invaluable base to create strong compositions depicting realist subject matter. 

Wright describes the woman in his painting entitled JAW (Jack as Warrior) as a comic-book-like bright exclamation point type. It depicts our publisher’s daughter Jacqueline, as a woman screaming—not out of fear but rather like a warrior, in an intense and powerful gesture frozen in time. Her facial expression exudes confidence in a non-violent and non-threatening way, inviting compassion and admiration. Jack, an actress, has often been confronted by ambiguous situations where her Cuban heritage did not meet the Hollywood stereotype during her auditions for Hispanic roles.

Wright’s painting, entitled LAW (Lori as Warrior), is a portrait of his girlfriend healing from a work-related injury. The dark “battle” tape decorating her skin amalgamates with the contours of her bra, forming an interesting pattern and contrasting beautifully against the well-structured skin tones. Her dignity and composure trigger admiration and respect.  

With these two pieces Wright contrasts two kinds of warrior women; one is imperturbable and sophisticated, the other is complicated and electrifying. Both mirror themselves in each other. 

 

- Lorena Kloosterboer June 2017