Richard Wright

English / Scottish (born 1960)
Richard Wright The Stairwell Project 2010 © The Artist

Biography

Born 1960
Nationalities English
Scottish

Richard Wright was born in London. He studied painting at Edinburgh College of Art from 1978 to 1982 and also at Glasgow School of Art from 1993 to 1995. Wright is best-known for his site-specific paintings, carried out on walls or ceilings. One of his main concerns is that his works are not a commercial commodity that can be moved around and traded beyond his control. In his work Wright uses images from a wide range of sources in popular culture, such as nightclub flyers, tattoos and typography, stressing their links to everyday experience. Wright lives in Glasgow. Notable solo shows include: Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (2013); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2007) and Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (2007). Group shows include his winning contribution to the Turner Prize exhibition at Tate Britain, London (2009), and the 55th Carnegie International, Pittsburgh (2008). Permanent works include commissions for the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (2012) and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (2010). He lives and works in Glasgow.

Glossary terms

  • A movement originating in the 1960s that used strongly contrasting abstract patterns, colours and forms to stimulate the eye. The term is an abbreviation of ‘optical art’. Exponents include Bridget Riley and Victor Vasarely.