Brian Wright studied at Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art Painting School. Soon after graduating he took part in a number of exhibitions and one-man-shows. One of the most interesting was ‘Image in Progress’ at the Grabowski Gallery in London in 1964 which showed the work of Allen Jones, David Hockney and Derek Boshier, among others. The show was described by the art critic Jasia Reichardt as working “towards a definition of a new image”. She described Brian as being “near the main stream of contemporary British painting”. His work at this time explored an underlying order to things which he expressed in his use of geometry and colour.
Brian’s work took on a new direction in the 1970s when his paintings became predominantly figurative. He exhibited in Royal Academy Summer Shows, New English Art Club exhibitions, The Royal Society of British Artists and was one of the regular exhibitors at The Furneaux Gallery. Critic’s Choice at Tooths, where he was represented with Frances Bacon, Michael Andrews, and Lucien Freud. From 1977 until its closure in 2015 he exhibited and demonstrated annually at the Art in Action festival at Waterperry.
For many years Brian also taught Foundation Studies part-time – at Ealing School of Art, Wimbledon School of Art, Hornsey College of Art, before becoming a Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University.
In the last 4 or 5 years Brian’s interest in geometry and forms of expression has been directed towards an endeavour to express visually philosophical ideas particularly related to Advaita Vedanta.