Richard Wright/ Richard Wright

United Kingdom 1960

Richard Wright
Richard Wright
United Kingdom

Richard Wright is a British artist who was born in 1960 in London. He moved to Scotland at a young age, where he attended Edinburgh College of Art from 1978 to 1982 and studied at Glasgow School of Art between 1993 and 1995 studying for a Master of Fine Art.

Through his unique intricate painting methods, Wright injects complex works into often overlooked architectural spaces. As he says:

“In the end the position of the work could be half of the work for me. In the first instance the work has the possibility to effect or change the way you are drawn through the space it therefore has the potential to reveal the space in an a new aspect.”

Working predominantly with paint and gold leaf directly on walls, his 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.

Wright’s oeuvre 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. As Douglas Fogle remarks:

“Wrights subject matter, if it can even be called that, is derived from a variety of sources. His kaleidoscopically converging lines, repetitive geometric progressions, and baroque decorative fragments collide with a variety of extrapolations of typographic fonts and patterns seemingly derived from the world of underground tattoo design to form a kind of hybrid, graphic Esperanto.”

The first solo exhibition of Richard Wright’s work took place in 1994 at Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, and since that time Wright has continued to exhibit world-wide, notable shows include Kunsthalle Bern and Tate Liverpool in 2001, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, 2002, Dundee Contemporary Art, 2004, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego 2007. He has been included in many internationally renowned exhibitions including Pitura Brittanica, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 1997, Manifesta 2, Luxembourg, 1998, The British Art Show 5, Talbot Rice, Edinburgh, 2000, and Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, 2008. Richard Wright has 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.

Richard Wright lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014Nine Chains To The Moon (Chapter 1)BQ, Berlin, GermanySolo
2014Abstract DrawingThe Drawing Room, London, EnglandGroup
2014Generations: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in ScotlandNational Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, ScotlandGroup
2013Richard WrightTate Britain, London, EnglandSolo
2013 Theseus Temple, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, AustriaSolo
2013Richard WrightRijksmuseum, Amsterdam, NetherlandsSolo
2013 The Show is Over Gagosian Gallery, Britannia St, London, EnglandGroup
2013Walk Through British Art Tate Britain, London, EnglandGroup
2013Valise BQ and Pavillon der Volksbühne for The Glasgow Weekend, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2013For The Time Being: Wall Paintings Painted Walls Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld, GermanyGroup
2013 In-between Skarstedt Gallery, London, EnglandGroup
2013 Tactility Nils Staerk, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2012Works on PaperGlasgow International Festival of Visual Arts, Glasgow, ScotlandSolo
2012Richard WrightKelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, ScotlandSolo
2011 Cleijne + Gallagher, Curry, Höller, Huyghe, Kusama, Warhol, Wright Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CAGroup
2011 Kunst und Philosophie NBK Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2011 Space Oddity Centro Cultural Andratx, Mallorca, SpainGroup
2011Still Life: Between Image and Object Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore, ScotlandGroup
2010Richard WrightThe Modern Institute-Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow, ScotlandSolo
2010Richard WrightScottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, ScotlandSolo
2010Made in BritainContemporary Art from the British Council Collection Group
1980—2010Untitled Sichuan Museum, Sichuan, ChinaGroup
2010The Sleeping Congregation Tate Modern, London, EnglandGroup
2009Richard Wright Gagosian Gallery, Davies Street, London, EnglandSolo
2009Richard WrightBQ, Berlin, GermanySolo
2009TONITE The Modern Institute-Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow, ScotlandGroup
2009Turner Prize 2009 Tate Britain, London, EnglandGroup
2009 Votive CCA, Glasgow, EnglandGroup
2008 Draw A Straight Line and Follow It Tate Modern, London, EnglandGroup
2008 Life On Mars—55th Carnegie International Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PAGroup
2008 Richard Wright & Samuel Beckett Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, ScotlandGroup
2008 Wen nein Reisender in einer Winternacht= Variationen uber Max Bill Museum MARTa Hertford, Hertford, GermanyGroup
2007Richard WrightMCASD Downtown, San Diego, CASolo
2007Richard WrightMiddlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough, EnglandSolo
2007 Everyday Is Saturday Tbilisi 4, Nato Vachnadze, Tbilisi, GeorgiaGroup
2007Jardins Publics Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh, ScotlandGroup
2006Richard WrightBQ, Cologne, GermanySolo
2006Strange I’ve Seen That Face Before Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, GermanyGroup
2006The subversive charm of the bourgeoisie Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, NetherlandsGroup
2006Thread Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, ScotlandGroup
2005 Domaine de Kerguéhennec, Centre d'art contemporain, Bignan, Brittany, FranceSolo
2005UntitledMOCA, San Diego, CAGroup
2005Afterall Apexart, New York, NYGroup
2005Works on Paper Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CAGroup
2005 Evergreen Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, ScotlandGroup
2005 Art Futures Contemporary Art Society, Bloomberg Space, London, EnglandGroup
2005 ShowCASe City Art Centre and Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, ScotlandGroup
2005 No Manifesto La Galleria d’Arte Moderna & Contemporanea, Bergamo, ItalyGroup
2005 Supernova British Council, EnglandGroup
2004Richard WrightDundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, ScotlandSolo
2004 Sodium and Asphalt British Council exhibition, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey Group
2004Werke aus der Sammlung Boros Museum für neue Kunst, ZKM Karlsruhe, GermanyGroup
2004 What is in my apartment when I’m not there Berlin, GermanyGroup
2003Richard WrightThe Modern Institute-Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow, ScotlandSolo
2003Richard Wright BQ, Cologne, GermanySolo
2003Drawings Gagosian Gallery, Heddon Street, London, EnglandGroup
2003Killing Time and Listening Between the Lines Jumex Foundation, Mexico City, MexicoGroup
2002Richard WrightGagosian Gallery, Britannia Street, London, EnglandSolo
2002Richard Wright Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, GermanySolo
2002 Drawing Now: Eight Propositions Museum of Modern Art, New York, NYGroup
2002My Head is on Fire but my Heart is Full of Love Charlottenborg Museum, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2002 The Garden of Violence Swiss Expo 2002, Murten Historisches Museum, SwitzerlandGroup
2002FAIR Royal College of Art, London, EnglandGroup
2002Sphere Sir John Soane’s Museum, London, EnglandGroup
2001Richard WrightTate Liverpool, Liverpool, EnglandSolo
2001Here and Now: Scottish Art 1990 – 2001 Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, ScotlandGroup
2001 Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, SwitzerlandGroup
2001Painting at the Edge of the World Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis, MNGroup
2000Richard Wright Milton Keynes Art Gallery, Milton Keynes, EnglandSolo
2000Richard Wright Gagosian Gallery, West 24th Street, New YorkSolo
2000 Home Museum Van Loon, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsGroup
2000Intelligence Tate Britain, London, EnglandGroup
2000 The British Art Show 5 Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, ScotlandGroup
2000Amateur-Eldsjäl Göteborgs Konstmuseum, Göteborg, SwedenGroup
1999Richard WrightBQ, Cologne, GermanySolo
1999Richard WrightInverleith House, Edinburgh, ScotlandSolo
1999 A Radiant Future Forde Gallery, Geneva, SwitzerlandGroup
1999 Creeping Revolution Galeria Foksal, Warsaw, PolandGroup
1999 In the Midst of Things Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, Bournville, Birmingham, EnglandGroup
1999 de coras(i)on TeclaSala, Barcelona, SpainGroup
1999Xn 1999 Espace des Arts, Châlon-sur-Soane, FranceGroup
1999 Free Coke: Contemporary Drawing Greene Naftali Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1999 The Drawing Center, New York City, New YorkGroup
1998Roundabout Centrum Sztuki Wspøczesnej, Warsaw, PolandGroup
1998Surfacing Contemporary Drawing ICA, London, EnglandGroup
1998 Manifesta 2, LuxembourgGroup
1998Netverk Museet for Samtidskunst, Oslo, NorwayGroup
1998Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, ScotlandGroup
1998Salon 3 London, EnglandGroup
1997Correspondences: Art from Scotland and Berlin Berlinische Gallerie im Martin-Gropius- Bau, Berlin, Germany and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, EdinburghGroup
1997Pictura Britannica Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, AustraliaGroup
1997Pure Fantasy: Inventive Painting of the 90s Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno, WalesGroup
1997Material Culture: The Object in British Art of the 1980’s and 90’s Hayward Gallery, London, EnglandGroup
1997Wish You Were Here Too 83 Hill Street, Glasgow, ScotlandGroup
1996Absolute Vision: New British Painting in the 1990s Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, England and Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, ScotlandGroup
1996Loaded: A Contemporary View of British Painting Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, EnglandGroup
1996 Live-Life Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon, PortugalGroup
1996 Insanestupidphatfuctpervert Concrete Skates, Glasgow, Scotland and Cubitt Gallery, London, EnglandGroup
1996No Tell Hotel Moat House Hotel, Glasgow, ScotlandGroup
1996 ARC Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, FranceGroup
1996Sugarhiccup Tramway, Glasgow, ScotlandGroup
1996Stepping Out London, EnglandGroup
199530 Secs + Title The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, CanadaGroup
1995The Belmont Hotel Installation Project, Glasgow, ScotlandGroup
1995Landscape Show CalArts, Los Angeles, CaliforniaGroup
1995Waygood Galler, Newcastle, EnglandGroup
1995About Place Collection Gallery, London, EnglandGroup
1994Richard WrightCalArts, Los Angeles, CASolo
1994Richard Wright Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, ScotlandSolo
1994New Art in Scotland CCA, Scotland and Aberdeen City Art Gallery, Glasgow, ScotlandGroup
1993 Transmission in Belfast Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland and Catalyst Arts, Belfast, Northern IrelandGroup
1993Pure Fiction Intermedia Gallery, Glasgow, ScotlandGroup
1993Untitled City Racing Gallery, London, EnglandGroup