Dynamic and versatile painter Paul Wright hails from Leicester, where he continues to live and make work. Thompson's Gallery first encountered Paul at the National Gallery in the BP Portrait Award in 2006, and have been showing his works ever since.

Wright's formal training was in Illustration, and his transition to oil painting and all that came after was an eventual and experimental path. The artist began doing portraits of colleagues and friends in a Howson-inspired style, and soon after moved on to a bolder, more painterly method with excellent results. Only a few years later he sat with renowned poet Simon Armitage OBE to paint his likeness, the very portrait that would bring him to the National Gallery for the BP Award.

Wright was selected again for the BP Portrait Award in 2014, and this second time made the shortlist. By this point the artist had also seen major success in solo exhibitions across the UK and gained greater exposure through multiple art fairs.

Two books have been published on Wright and his practice, including the most recent 2016 monograph titled 'Fifteen Years', an accompaniment to his solo exhibition of the same title. The book and show offered a reflection over Wright's career to date, and a consideration of the things to come as his practice expands. Whether using oil paint, ink on paper, or printing monotypes, Paul Wright continues to surprise and delight.


1992 – 1995 B.A Illustration Falmouth School of Art

1991 – 1992 Foundation studies Loughborough College of Art and Design

Post Graduation

1995 – 1999 Living and working in Leicester

1999 – 2002 Living and working in Bristol

2002 – 2004 Knighton Lane studios Leicester

2004 – 2005 Studio in the LCB Depot Leicester

2005 – present Studio in the Russko building Leicester

Exhibitions and Workshops

2016 - Solo Exhibition, Thompson's Gallery

2015 – London Art Fair, Thompson's Gallery

2015 – Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh

2014 – Patricia Cornish Gallery, Brazil

2014 – National Portrait Gallery, BP Portrait Award Exhibtion

2013 - Paul Wright - London Art Fair, Thompson`s Gallery

2012 - Paul Wright - London Art Fair, Thompson`s Gallery

2011 - Paul Wright - London Art Fair, Thompson`s Gallery, Stand G22

2010 - Art London 2010, Thompson`s Gallery

2010 - Paul Wright, Thompson`s Gallery London, new paintings

2009 - Paul Wright `Paintings`, Monograph

2008 - Paul Wright Paintings, Thompson`s Gallery London

2007 - Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Annual exhibition

2006- BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery London

2006 - Paul Wright: Solo exhibition, Modern Artists Gallery Whitchurch On Thames

2006- Selection of paintings since 1996, Vanilla Gallery Leicester

2005 Group exhibition “Grounding the figure“, Saltburn Artists Projects Middlesborough

2005 Paul Wright: One man exhibition “Recent paintings”, The LCB Depot Leicester

2005 – present , Modern Artists Gallery Whitchurch on Thames

2005 - Portrait of Eddie Isaacs by Paul Wright Leicester Train Station

2005 - Series of workshops and artist talks at The Richard Attenborough Centre Leicester University

2004 – 2005 Artist commission: Public mural and Sculpture commission, Braunstone Health And Social Centre Leicester

2004 - Nottingham City Open exhibition, Nottingham castle

2004- Leicester City Open exhibition, The City Gallery Leicester

2004 Visiting artist Gateway College Leicester

2004 Cancer Awareness Exhibition, Walkers Stadium Leicester

2003 Paul Wright, Artist In Residence, Worksop College Nottinghamshire

2003 Visiting artist Gateway College

2003 – 2005 Focal Point Interiors, Nottingham

2003- Annual Open Exhibition, Derby museum

2003- Phoenix Arts Touring Exhibition “Decorating The Face”

2001 – 2002 “Naked” exhibition. Kaleidoscope Gallery London

2001- Annual Exhibition, Plymouth Museum

2001- Open Exhibition, Royal West Of England Academy

2001- Painting Triennial artists exhibition, Royal West Of England Academy



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