Roy Wright

Artist Biography

Artist Roy Wright is a highly skilled and decorated British draughtsman. Subjects of his large-scale charcoal drawings range from grand, giant Oak trees to sweeping panoramic views of the London riverbank. His incredibly detailed works achieve the articulation of views that mere words fail to describe. Most miraculous of Wright's skill is his natural freehand technique, allowing the artist to complete these massive drawings without tracing, gridding, or any other shortcut to lifelike results. Both Wright's patience and appreciation for the natural world are admirable, and audiences the world over agree that his drawings are nothing short of astounding.

Drawing Style

Roy Wright's subject matter reflects the artist's interest in the duality of the modern world- the strength and grandeur of a mighty, old tree and the sprawling manmade cityscapes of London. The contrast and less obvious links between the two create a strong dialogue within Wright's practice, however both are paid equal attention as the artist renders the most minute details of each composition in charcoal with freehand. Wright's drawings have earned the artist wide acclaim and publication in features for Harper's Bazaar, the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, the Columbia Threadneedle Prize, and many more. Going far beyond the mimetic, Roy Wright finds a way to instill awe in audiences with his execution whilst infusing these accurate drawings with a palpable, living spirit.

Awards & Distinctions

Roy Wright is a highly decorated artist, with accolades such as:
Columbia Threadneedle Prize Finalist (2016)
The John Ruskin Prize short-list
Daler Rowney Award at the Pastel Society Annual Exhibition
The Anthony J Lester Art Critic Award
Elected as a member of the Pastel Society
Willie Hoffman-Guth Award
Award for most popular work in 'Arcadia in the City' exhibition
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition award for a drawing of a work of architecture
Cross Gate Gallery USA, Award
Graphic Artist of the Year Award (British Press Awards, 1987 & '88)

Published illustrations are featured in:
Harper's Bazaar Magazine
Homes & Antiques Magazine
The Islington Tribune
'The View' (2003)
'Artist's kew' (2006)
The Artist's Magazine
The Times, John Russell Taylor
Richmond & Twickenham
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition catalogue
London Topographical Society
Anglo-Spanish Society Magazine, Sandra Coombs