Richard Wright (artist)

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Richard Wright (born London, 1960[1]) is an English artist and musician. Wright was born in London. His family moved to Scotland when he was young. He attended Edinburgh College of Art from 1978 to 1982 and studied at Glasgow School of Art[2] between 1993 and 1995 studying for a Master of Fine Art. He lives in Glasgow.[3]


Wright decorates architectural spaces with intricately designed geometric patterns in paint and gold leaf.[4] His work of art 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.

Wright's 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. Turner Prize judge Andrea Schlieker described him as a "painter who rejects the canvas";[5] fellow judge Jonathan Jones called him a "modern fresco painter".[4] Wright injects complex works into often overlooked architectural spaces.

On 7 December 2009, Wright received the Turner Prize 2009[6] for his golden fresco, no title, on the walls of Tate Britain's second room.[7]


The first solo exhibition of Richard's work took place in 1994 at Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, and since that time Wright has continued to exhibit worldwide.[8]

Notable shows include:

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.

Personal life[edit]

Wright is married to the artist Sarah Lowndes.[9]


  1. ^ Higgins, Charlotte (2009-12-07). "Artist Richard Wright strikes gold as winner of this year's Turner prize". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-12-08. 
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  4. ^ a b Higgins, Charlotte (2009-04-28). "Painters return to Turner prize shortlist". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  5. ^ "In pictures: Turner Prize 2009 shortlist". BBC News. 2009-04-28. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  6. ^ Adams, Stephen; Moore, Matthew (2009-12-07). "Turner Prize awarded to painter Richard Wright". The Telegraph. London. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  7. ^ Nechvatal, Joseph (February 2010). "Letter from London: Richard Wright: Turner Prize 09". The Brooklyn Rail. 
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  9. ^ Higgins, Charlotte (2009-12-08). "There's too much stuff in the world". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 

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