WRIGHT, Richard


Richard Wright (born 1960) is a British artist and musician and won the Turner Prize in 2009 for his golden fresco on the walls of Tate Britain's second room. He attended Edinburgh College of Art from 1978 to 1982 and studied for an MA in Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art between 1993 and 1995 and lives in Glasgow. The first solo exhibition of Richard's work took place in 1994 at Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, and since then, he has continued to exhibit worldwide.

Richard Wright decorates architectural spaces with intricately geometric patterns in paint and gold leaf. He has produced 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. His paintings are often short-lived and are painted over at the end of the show. This can heighten the senses of the viewer in the knowledge that the work may not be viewable again, at any other time. Turner Prize judge Andrea Schlieker described him as a ‘painter who rejects the canvas’, while judge Jonathan Jones called him a ‘modern fresco painter’.

Notable shows include: Pitura Britannica, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; The British Art Show 5; Kunsthalle Bern and Tate Liverpool and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego.

Permanent works are held in the collections of MoMA, New York; Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Tate Gallery, London and Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego.

Richard Wright has recently been commissioned by the Edinburgh Festival for his most ‘complex and ambitious’ artwork to date: the painting is located in the west stairwell of the former Dean Orphan Hospital, now the Dean Gallery, part of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Created over an intensive four-week period, the work uses a recurring black flower design painted over walls, windows and ceiling in varying sizes to create an almost dizzying optical effect.

We have available a limited edition, cloth bound, hardback publication, including a limited edition folded print. The print and book are signed and numbered by the artist (edition of 100).