MICHAEL WRIGHT
A Painting Survey
May 4 - June 9, 2012
Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Opening reception: Friday, May 4th 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m

MICHAEL WRIGHT

David Richard Contemporary is pleased to present, A Painting Survey, a solo exhibition of paintings and works on paper produced over the past several decades by Michael Wright.

Wright has dedicated his career to abstract painting and more specifically, to exploring various media and approaches to abstract expressionism and color field painting. The selection of works in this exhibition range from painting on canvas to mixed media paintings that combine paper collage, paint, ink, chalk and graphite on canvas supports to unique acrylic paintings combined with ink on paper. Wright’s paintings, whether abstract expressionistic or color field, have bold colors and compositions, gestural strokes and the essence of drawing—through his generous use of the formal elements of line and the color black. Frequently, he incorporates gestural calligraphic elements that further extend his masterful exploitation of drawing in his compositions.

Michael Wright was born in New Rochelle, New York in 1931. Coming from a talented family of writers and artists, he displayed an early and natural affinity for art. He studied at the Yale Art and Music School, the Albright Art School in Buffalo and the Brooklyn Museum School. After serving in Korea, he began his artistic career as a painter in New York City in 1954. During that time, he befriended John Chamberlain, studied engraving with Paul Brach at the New School and exhibited at the Tenth Street Gallery with Howard Kanovitz, and Philip Pavia. He moved to East Hampton and assisted Willem de Kooning in his studio from 1965 to1967. While in East Hampton, Wright was given several solo shows at the Guild Hall and won the prestigious Long Island Painter's award in 1966. Following moves to Cambridge in 1972 and later to New Hampshire, he now lives and paints in New Mexico. Wright has had many solo exhibitions and his work included in group shows in New York, Boston, Concord, Denver, Scottsdale, Santa Fe and Taos, which has included exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Rockwell Museum of Western Art (Corning, NY), Museum of Fine Arts (Santa Fe, NM), Denver Museum of Art, Las Cruces Museum (NM) and the Harwood Museum (Taos, NM).


Represented Artists

Animal Image Animal Image
Paper and charcoal on board
2007
27 3/4 x 23 3/4 inches
 
Attic Attic
Acrylic and charcoal on canvas
2012
65 3/4 x 72 inches
 
Barcelona Barcelona
Oil on canvas
2008
20 x 16 inches
 
Color Shapes Color Shapes
Paper and polymer on canvas
2006
49 1/2 x 46 1/2 inches
 
Crowd Crowd
Ink and watercolor on Arches paper
2006
40 1/2 x 60 inches
 
Fridge Fridge
Acrylic on board
2012
23 1/2 x 29 3/4 inches
 
Goodbye Mr. Chips Goodbye Mr. Chips
Acrylic on canvas
2006
64 3/4 x 71 3/4 inches
 
Late Summer Late Summer
Paper, charcoal and ink on canvas
1998
71 3/4 x 95 1/2 inches
 
Los Frailes Los Frailes
Watercolor, charcoal and ink on paper
2009
40 1/2 x 60 inches
 
Migration Migration
Paper and charcoal on canvas
1996
79 1/2 x 65 1/2 inches
 
Noodler Noodler
Watercolor, charcoal and ink on Arches paper
2006
40 1/2 x 60 inches
 
Paper Trails I Paper Trails I
Paper, acrylic and charcoal on board
2011
23 1/2 x 47 1/2 inches
 
Paper Trails II Paper Trails II
Paper, acrylic and charcoal on board
2011
23 1/2 x 47 1/2 inches
 
Playboy Playboy
Acrylic and paper on Canvas
2010
35 1/2 x 40 inches
 
Rio Grande Gorge Rio Grande Gorge
Paper and charcoal on canvas
2003
84 x 65 3/4 inches
 
Shady Pasture Shady Pasture
Oil on linen
1971
39 x 44 inches
 
Tabloid Tabloid
Acrylic and paper on Canvas
1996
79 1/2 x 65 3/4 inches
 
Tension Tension
Acrylic on canvas
2011
42 1/4 x 39 3/4 inches
 
The Flume The Flume
Paper and polymer on canvas
2005
45 3/4 x 50 inches
 
Three Women Three Women
Acrylic on canvas
2006
71 1/2 x 79 3/4 inches
 
Torque Torque
Acrylic on board
2012
22 x 20 inches
 
Tundra Tundra
Paper and charcoal on canvas
1998
79 1/2 x 65 1/4 inches
 
TV TV
Paper, charcoal, and rattan on board
2002
23 x 31 inches
 

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