Trained in classical portraiture, Lisa Wright explores her own children’s childhoods through a direct, objective lens. Grounded in a historical style of painting, yet executed with a contemporary mindset, Wright’s portraits feature children in historical and adult-like states, settings, and costumes, as if role playing. Simultaneously unsettling and compelling, works like The Battle of Youth (2014) reveal the physiological and psychological struggles of a child going through puberty, perceived as an adult, yet physically not quite a man and still possessing a childlike mentality. Working with heavy oil paints and palette knives, Wright builds figures juxtaposed against dark backgrounds to create a sense of ease and sensuality. Seemingly intemporal, Wright’s portraits explore a universal notion of childhood, connecting viewers with their past to reveal its influence on the present.