Richard Wright

RICHARD WRIGHT, Untitled, 2013, Heliogravure paint on handmade Zerkall Butten paper, 22 1/4 x 15 7/8 inches (56.5 x 40.3 cm), ed. of 90

Richard Wright Listed Exhibitions (Selected) (32 Kb)
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Richard Wright was born in 1960 in London. He moved to Scotland at a young age, where he continues to live and work, based in Glasgow.

Through his unique intricate painting methods, Wright injects complex works into often overlooked architectural spaces. As he says:

"In the end the position of the work could be half of the work for me. In the first instance the work has the possibility to effect or change the way you are drawn through the space it therefore has the potential to reveal the space in an a new aspect."

Working predominantly with paint and gold leaf directly on walls, his paintings are often short-lived, only surviving the length of an exhibition, they are painted over at the end of the show. This often seems to heighten the senses of the viewer in the knowledge that the work may not be viewable again, in any other place, at any other time.

Wright's oeuvre includes a wide range of works made on paper, from prints on poster paper to elaborate and complex large-scale works that can include thousands of hand drawn and painted marks. As Douglas Fogle remarks:

"Wrights subject matter, if it can even be called that, is derived from a variety of sources. His kaleidoscopically converging lines, repetitive geometric progressions, and baroque decorative fragments collide with a variety of extrapolations of typographic fonts and patterns seemingly derived from the world of underground tattoo design to form a kind of hybrid, graphic Esperanto."

The first solo exhibition of Richard Wright's work took place in 1994 at Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, and since that time Wright has continued to exhibit world-wide, notable shows include Kunsthalle Bern and Tate Liverpool in 2001, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, 2002, Dundee Contemporary Art, 2004, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego 2007. He has been included in many internationally renowned exhibitions including Pitura Brittanica, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 1997, Manifesta 2, Luxembourg, 1998, The British Art Show 5, Talbot Rice, Edinburgh, 2000, and Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, 2008. Richard Wright has permanent works in the collections of MoMA, New York, Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Tate Gallery, London, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego.