Richard Wright The Stairwell Project 2010 © The Artist


Born 1960
Nationalities English
Birth place London

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

Glossary terms

Op art

Op Art was an international art movement which came to prominence in the 1960s, exploring the ways abstract pattern, colour and form can stimulate the eye.

Site-Specific Art

Site-Specific Art is a term used particularly since the 1960s for art made with a specific location in mind, whether inside or outside. The work may be made at that location or made for it. Site-Specific Art may be an intervention in a specific place, environment or landscape.