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Halfboy and Mother
Oil on wood.
222 x 170

Stuart Pearson Wright: Halfboy

Fri 2 November - Wed 6 February 2019

The Heong Gallery

About Halfboy
Even as The Children Act 1975 gave adopted children the right to their birth records upon maturity, the National Health Service was providing assisted conception services using anonymous donor sperm. Conceived in a South London NHS facility in 1975, artist Stuart Pearson Wright will never have access to his paternal heritage, a loss that has evolved from childhood confusion to the remorse of a father of two young children. Halfboy came about as a result of a chance encounter with a box of childhood photographs, a rare find as most such mementos were lost due to the peripatetic lifestyle imposed by the artist’s mother in the 1980s. Reconstructed from photographs and personal memories, the paintings that make up Halfboy are imbued with a portraitist’s eye for detail, bringing to life the minutiae of time and place. Humour and pathos jostle for attention in this autobiographical series, which will be supplemented by works made in the aftermath of a personal tragedy that unfolded upon his move to Suffolk.

About Stuart Pearson Wright
Stuart Pearson Wright (b. 1975) trained at the Slade School of Fine Art in London, during which time he won the BP Portrait Awards Travel Award (1998) awarded by the National Portrait Gallery (NPG). The subsequent exhibition at the NPG opened to rave reviews and Wright was heralded ‘a Hogarth for our times’ by Godfrey Barker of the Evening Standard. In 2000, he won the BP Portrait Award for Gallus Gallus with Still Life and Presidents and was awarded a commission to paint J. K. Rowling for the collection of NPG. In 2006, Wright’s exhibition Most people are other people, a collection of forty portrait drawings of British and Irish actors was exhibited at the NPG and National Theatre, London. Recent exhibitions of Wright’s work were held at Riflemaker, London, in 2010, 2012 and 2013 and his works are in public collections including The British Museum, Government Art Collection, Ashmolean Museum, Fitzwilliam Museum and many others.

The Heong Gallery at Downing College
The Heong Gallery at Downing College opened in February 2016 as a new gallery for exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. The Gallery was designed by Caruso St John Architects (winners of RIBA Stirling Prize 2016) and so named in gratitude for the generous benefaction of Alwyn Heong. It won a RIBA East Award 2017.

Previous Exhibitions:
Generation Painting 1955–65: British Art from the Collection of Sir Alan Bowness Ai Weiwei: Cubes and Trees Portraits of Place: Works from Kettle’s Yard & Richard Long When the Heavens Meet the Earth: Selected Works from Robert Devereux’s Sina Jina Collection The Best of All Possible Worlds: Quentin Blake and The Folio Society Dame Elisabeth Frink: Larger than Life Stephen Chambers: The Court of Redonda Do I Have To Draw You A Picture?

Cost: Free

Ages: 12+

Enquiries and booking

No need to book.

Enquiries: Prerona Prasad Email: gallery@dow.cam.ac.uk Telephone: 01223334800


12:00pm-5:00pm Wednesday-Sunday every week from Friday 2 November until Wednesday 6 February 2019 (except between Friday 21 December and Wednesday 2 January 2019)

All times

Fri 2 November 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 3 November 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sun 4 November 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 7 November 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Thu 8 November 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Fri 9 November 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 10 November 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sun 11 November 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 14 November 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Thu 15 November 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Fri 16 November 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 17 November 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sun 18 November 12:00PM - 5:00PM
TodayWed 21 November 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Thu 22 November 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Fri 23 November 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 24 November 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sun 25 November 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 28 November 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Thu 29 November 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Fri 30 November 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 1 December 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sun 2 December 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 5 December 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Thu 6 December 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Fri 7 December 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 8 December 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sun 9 December 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 12 December 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Thu 13 December 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Fri 14 December 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 15 December 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sun 16 December 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 19 December 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Thu 20 December 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Thu 3 January 2019 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Fri 4 January 2019 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 5 January 2019 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sun 6 January 2019 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 9 January 2019 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Thu 10 January 2019 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Fri 11 January 2019 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 12 January 2019 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sun 13 January 2019 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 16 January 2019 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Thu 17 January 2019 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Fri 18 January 2019 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 19 January 2019 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sun 20 January 2019 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 23 January 2019 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Thu 24 January 2019 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Fri 25 January 2019 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 26 January 2019 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sun 27 January 2019 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 30 January 2019 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Thu 31 January 2019 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Fri 1 February 2019 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 2 February 2019 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sun 3 February 2019 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 6 February 2019 12:00PM - 5:00PM


Admission is free. Entrance via gates on Regent Street.
Address: The Heong Gallery
Downing College
United Kingdom
Email: gallery@dow.cam.ac.uk
Telephone: 01223334800