JK Rowling by Stuart Pearson Wright


Artist: Stuart Pearson Wright
Date: 2004
Dimensions: 285 x 393mm
Medium: Oil on card

Portrait of JK Rowling

Oil on card, painted in 2004. BP Portrait Award winner Stuart Pearson Wright was commissioned by National Portrait Gallery to paint a portrait of JK Rowling. This painting is on display at Enitharmon until 21 November.


Pearson Wright (B. 1975), is one of Britain’s leading portrait painters and draughtsmen, famous for his Gothic narrative paintings and his portraits of famous figures such as Michael Gambon, Richard E. Grant, Keira Knightley and JK Rowling.

His first London exhibition for six years, this show of rarely seen drawings coincides with another larger exhibition – Halfboy, which will include his paintings and drawings rooted in childhood trauma and will be on show at the Heong Gallery, University of Cambridge from November 2018 to February 2019.

Stuart Pearson Wright took up drawing in childhood and has perfected a theatrical technique of sometimes chilling intensity. In his own words “Actors often work in the same way as a portrait-painter. A good actor is somebody who can take a character and find that element of the character that they can recognise of themselves, and then they present that. You could argue that each good performance is therefore a kind of self-portrait.”

This Central London exhibition provides the chance to see and to buy some of his key works before his show opens in Cambridge.

Picture of JK Rowling

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