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Richard Wright, No title, 2015 Leaded glass, 181 ⅛ × 68 ½ inches (460 × 174 cm)Photo by Matteo D'Eletto M3 Studio

Richard Wright, No title, 2015

Leaded glass, 181 ⅛ × 68 ½ inches (460 × 174 cm)
Photo by Matteo D'Eletto M3 Studio

Richard Wright, No title, 2013 Watercolor on ceiling, Dimensions variable

Richard Wright, No title, 2013

Watercolor on ceiling, Dimensions variable

Richard Wright, No title, 2013 Watercolor on ceiling, Dimensions variable

Richard Wright, No title, 2013

Watercolor on ceiling, Dimensions variable

RICHARD WRIGHT No title, 2014 Handmade leaded glass Installation at The Modern Institute, Glasgow, UK

RICHARD WRIGHT No title, 2014

Handmade leaded glass Installation at The Modern Institute, Glasgow, UK

RICHARD WRIGHT No title, 2014 Handmade leaded glass Installation at The Modern Institute, Glasgow, UK

RICHARD WRIGHT No title, 2014

Handmade leaded glass Installation at The Modern Institute, Glasgow, UK

RICHARD WRIGHT No title, 2013 Handmade glass Permanent installation at Tate Britain, London

RICHARD WRIGHT No title, 2013

Handmade glass Permanent installation at Tate Britain, London

Richard Wright, No title, 2013 Acrylic on wall, Dimensions variable. Permanent installation at Rijksmuseum, AmsterdamPhoto by Vincent Mentzel

Richard Wright, No title, 2013

Acrylic on wall, Dimensions variable. Permanent installation at Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Photo by Vincent Mentzel

Richard Wright, No title, 2013 Acrylic on wall, Dimensions variable. Permanent installation at Rijksmuseum, AmsterdamPhoto by Vincent Mentzel

Richard Wright, No title, 2013

Acrylic on wall, Dimensions variable. Permanent installation at Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Photo by Vincent Mentzel

Installation view, Richard Wright, Theseus Temple, Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Vienna, 2013 Artwork © Richard Wright

Installation view, Richard Wright, Theseus Temple, Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Vienna, 2013

Artwork © Richard Wright

Installation view, Richard Wright, Theseus Temple, Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Vienna, April 18–September 30, 2013 Artwork © Richard Wright

Installation view, Richard Wright, Theseus Temple, Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Vienna, April 18–September 30, 2013

Artwork © Richard Wright

Richard Wright, No title, 2013 Ink on paper, 22 13/16 × 19 9/16 inches (58 × 42 cm)

Richard Wright, No title, 2013

Ink on paper, 22 13/16 × 19 9/16 inches (58 × 42 cm)

Installation view, Richard Wright: Works on Paper, part of Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, 2012 Artwork © Richard Wright. Photo: Ruth Clark

Installation view, Richard Wright: Works on Paper, part of Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, 2012

Artwork © Richard Wright. Photo: Ruth Clark

Richard Wright, The Stairwell Project, 2010 Acrylic on wall, dimensions variablePermanent commission, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh© Richard Wright

Richard Wright, The Stairwell Project, 2010

Acrylic on wall, dimensions variable
Permanent commission, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
© Richard Wright

Richard Wright, No title, 2009 Installation at Turner Prize 2009, Tate Britain, London

Richard Wright, No title, 2009

Installation at Turner Prize 2009, Tate Britain, London

RICHARD WRIGHT No title, 2007 Gouache on wall Installation at Jardins Public, Edinburgh International Festival, UK. Commissioned by the Common Guild, Edinburgh, photo by Ruth Clark

RICHARD WRIGHT No title, 2007

Gouache on wall Installation at Jardins Public, Edinburgh International Festival, UK. Commissioned by the Common Guild, Edinburgh, photo by Ruth Clark

Richard Wright, No title, 2007 Installation at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, UK

Richard Wright, No title, 2007

Installation at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, UK

RICHARD WRIGHT Untitled, 2002 Gouache on wall Installation at Tate Britain, London

RICHARD WRIGHT Untitled, 2002

Gouache on wall Installation at Tate Britain, London

Richard Wright, No Title, 2002 (detail) Gouache on wall, dimensions variableInstallation view, Tate Britain, London© Richard Wright

Richard Wright, No Title, 2002 (detail)

Gouache on wall, dimensions variable
Installation view, Tate Britain, London
© Richard Wright

RICHARD WRIGHT Untitled, 2000 Gouache on wall 78 × 35 inches (198.1 × 88.9 cm) Installation at Gagosian Gallery West 24th Street, New York

RICHARD WRIGHT Untitled, 2000

Gouache on wall 78 × 35 inches (198.1 × 88.9 cm) Installation at Gagosian Gallery West 24th Street, New York

About

Richard Wright is best known for his site-specific yet transient works that unite painting with graphic and typographic elements, charging architectural spaces with a fourth dimension of subtle yet extreme optical complexity and subverting the traditionally static dynamic between painting and viewer. His paintings and applied metal-leaf schemes connote memory and ephemerality—these works are short-lived, oftentimes lasting only as long as the exhibition. Alongside works on interior surfaces such as walls and ceilings, Wright’s works on paper encompass a range of handmade prints, ink drawings, gilding, and watercolors. More recently, Wright has installed leaded glass into existing window or skylight apertures, allowing the work to meld with the fabric of the building. These interventions, utilizing various mediums, serve to shift the viewer’s perception of the space. As Sofia Karamani commented in her text for the Turner Prize in 2009:

“Wright’s profound understanding of art and its history is reflected in his diverse imagery; minimalist patterns and baroque ornamentations to gothic iconography and typography. His wall paintings can occupy whole rooms, appearing convoluted and extensive, to create a sublime impact. Others, subtle and delicate, are awkwardly placed, claiming a modest existence on a ceiling, a cornice, the edge of a wall. As Wright invents alternative spatial arrangements, solid structures can look broken up, reconfigured, or seem transparent and fluid.”

Wright was born in 1960 in London. The first solo exhibition of his work took place in 1994 at Transmission Gallery in Glasgow, Scotland. His work has been shown in major exhibitions worldwide since, including Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland (2001); Tate Liverpool, England (2001); Dundee Contemporary Arts, Scotland (2004); GAMeC, Bergamo, Italy (2005); Carnegie International, Pittsburgh (2008); Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (2010); Theseus Temple, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (2013); and Walk through British Art, Tate Britain, London (2013). In addition to permanent private commissions, Wright’s public institutional commissions include the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (2007); Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, England (2007); Dean Gallery, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (2010); The Millbank Project at Tate Britain, London (2011–13); and Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (2013). Current commissions include a large-scale gold-leaf work for the Crossrail in London at the new Tottenham Court Road station, opening in December 2018.

Wright was awarded the Turner Prize in 2009 and is considered one of the key artists in the generation that emerged out of Glasgow in the 1990s, together with Martin Boyce, Douglas Gordon, and Simon Starling.

Wright lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland.

From the Quarterly

Museum Exhibitions

Douglas Gordon, Revue, 2018 © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Balazs Studinger

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Art Capital: Art for the Elizabeth Line

March 13–May 6, 2018
Whitechapel Gallery, London
www.whitechapelgallery.org

Art Capital: Art for the Elizabeth Line showcases nine internationally renowned artists and their plans to create major public artworks for London’s newest railway, the Elizabeth line. Each artist has been commissioned to create a work of art sympathetic to the locality, history, or function of one of the stations. The exhibition brings together sketches, maquettes, and prototypes to reveal the artists’ ideas transformed into deliverable public art. Work by Douglas Gordon and Richard Wright is included.

Douglas Gordon, Revue, 2018 © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Balazs Studinger