'Woman Surprised by a Werewolf', Stuart Pearson Wright

A painting of a dark wood with a scared looking naked woman about to be pounced on by an excited werewolf

Oil on linen, 200 x 315 cm, 24 x 15.5 cm, 2008

Artist's statement

In 2007 I fell in love with a waitress from Aberystwyth. I rented a small cottage there and we explored the surrounding verdant landscape together. The chance discovery of small lambs, which had been slaughtered by birds of prey in implausibly bucolic settings, brought to mind the John Landis film, 'An American Werewolf in London.' This had scarred my subconscious and stimulated my imagination as a child. I began to consider the indifferent and potentially destructive forces at work in the natural world.

At this time I was experiencing something of a sexual epiphany, coming to terms with my own identity as a sexual animal (the natural world as manifest in my own urges). The symbiosis of wolf and man in the figure of the werewolf came to represent these ideas.

I found myself drawn to the lowbrow associations of the werewolf film sub-genre and was interested to explore that uncharted place where the mystery and sublime of the romantic landscape meets the high camp and melodrama of Hammer horror. 'Woman Surprised by a Werewolf' is the first canvas in a proposed four-part narrative.


Stuart Pearson Wright was born in Northampton in 1975. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art London 1995-99. His group shows include 'BP Portrait Award' National Portrait Gallery London 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 (1st prizewinner), 'Jerwood Drawing Prize' Jerwood Space London (touring) 2007 and 'Home and Garden' Geffrye Museum London 2008. His most recent solo show was 'A Hole in The Bucket' Galerie Huebner Frankfurt 2007. Other prizes include 'Garrick/Milne Prize' 2005 and 'Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour Competition' 2004. He is represented in several public collections including the British Museum and The Government Art Collection.

Stuart Pearson Wright website