GERRY WRIGHT 1931-2015
Gerry Wright was born in Maidstone Kent in 1931. He studied at art schools in Maidstone and London and at the Beaux Arts Paris.
In 1968 he moved to Wiltshire and the Wiltshire landscape formed the background to, and the inspiration for, many of his cricket paintings. Gerry was fascinated by the Golden Age of cricket, 1890-1914, and his work culminated in the publication by Pavilion Books of Cricket’s Golden Summer in 1985.
David Frith wrote of the book.
“Gerry Wright evokes the spirit of the Golden Age in his own idiosyncratic style of painting, combining the two very English themes of Cricket and Landscape, and brings to life the leading players of that long-lost game. Heroes like Gilbert Jessop, C.B. Fry, Prince Rnajitsinhji and the Old Man, WG himself, gaze back at us from their Arcadian garden as if confident that their epic deeds have never been surpassed.”
After moving to Bath in 1987 Gerry continued to paint every day and many of his contemporary paintings depict the drama and action of batsman and bowlers. In his youth he had played for the Kent Second Eleven and was a life-long Vice President of Linton Park Cricket Club, Kent. He continued to play for cricket clubs in London, mainly for The Eclectics, led by David Sylvester the Art Critic, and the Ravers, a club of artists and musicians. A fast bowler himself, he was fascinated by bowler’s grips and has many paintings demonstrating these grips. He has painted many great cricketers from Don Bradman to Imran Khan, Viv Richards and Shane Warne.
His work is vibrant, full of colour and detail, and his later paintings full of verve and action.