Biography

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, The Furneaux Gallery, and Critic’s Choice at Tooths, where he exhibited amongst Frances Bacon, Michael Andrews, and Lucien Freud. From 1977 till the present day he has exhibited and demonstrated his painting at Art in Action.

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 recent years Brian’s interest in geometric forms has been rekindled and currently his paintings are concerned with making visible the hidden structure behind things, at the same time as continuing to work with landscape.