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Wednesday 28 February 2018

Wednesday Talk: Richard Wright


The Wednesday Talks series presents leading artists, thinkers and curators who explore the driving forces, influences and sources of inspiration within contemporary art. The series is a collaboration between the Whitworth and Manchester School of Art.


Richard Wright is one of the celebrated generation of artists that emerged from Glasgow in the mid-1990s. He is best known for his elaborate temporary paintings produced in response to the architecture directly on the walls of the space. Their intricate patterns and imagery, meticulously executed in paint or metal leaf, are derived from sources ranging from baroque ornaments to modern decorative arts or medieval Illuminations to gothic graphics and in their complex references demonstrate Wright's subtle understanding of art and cultural history. Alongside these, Wright makes drawings, watercolours and prints on paper and has recently expanded into site-specific installations using leaded glass windows. Wright won the Turner Prize in 2009 and has shown in major exhibitions and institutions worldwide. He is currently working on a large-scale commission for the new Tottenham Court Road station in London opening this year. He lives in Glasgow.

Image: The Whitworth, The University of Manchester (Alan Williams)