About

Lisa Wright's paintings hold us in the present and connect us with the past. Her intimate understanding and connection to historical painting, together with the longstanding discipline of drawing Wright has always pursued, lend authenticity and gravitas. The careful balance of both figurative and abstract elements, along with a heightened and often sensual use of colour, emphasise the vibrant and contemporary nature of the work.

Childhood adornments of bonbons, ribbons and laces may have altered considerably but what they represent has not: the inevitable and irresistible desire to escape prepubescence with the trying on of the adult persona. By pulling visual threads through time and fastening them to the present, these gently unsettling images pinch the viewer and connect them with a shared history.

After studying at The Royal Academy Schools, London, 1990-1993, Wright moved to Cornwall, in the south west of England, where she currently lives and works. Her work has featured in numerous solo and curated group exhibitions both nationally and internationally and is held in many important corporate and private collections.

Notable achievements include her appointment as the Royal Shakespeare Company artist in residence throughout the two year period of the RSC's acclaimed 'Histories' cycle of plays, culminating in an exhibition at the Roundhouse- which ran concurrently with the plays- and subsequently at the Royal Academy of Arts London; consistent selection for the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition for over 20 years; inclusion in the significant 'Art Now Cornwall', exhibition at Tate St Ives 2008 and winning The National Open Art Prize, the Hunting Art Prize and, most recently, the 2013 Threadneedle Prize.

 

EDUCATION

Royal Academy Schools, London (Post Graduate - Painting) 1990-93
Maidstone College of Art (First Class BA Hons) 1984-87
Elected Royal Academician (RWA) at The Royal West of England Academy 2012
Senior Lecturer at Falmouth University (1997-2015)

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017
New Work, PULSE Miami, Coates & Scarry

2016
New Work, CONTEXT New York, Coates & Scarry

2015
'The Unversed' Coates & Scarry, London

2013
'Drawings', Millennium Gallery

2011
'Walking Through Beautiful' Millennium Gallery

2010
'Into the Light', Beardsmore Gallery, London

2008
'The Histories', The Roundhouse and Beardsmore Gallery, London & The Royal Academy Gallery, London

2007
'Twilight Paintings', Beardsmore Gallery, London

2006
'Night Paintings', Lemon Street Gallery, Cornwall

2005
'Beach Paintings', Beardsmore Gallery, London

2003
'Pool Paintings', Beardsmore Gallery, London
Lemon Street Gallery, Cornwall

2001
Beardsmore Gallery, London

1999
Beardsmore Gallery, London

1996
Thornton/Bevan Arts, London

1995
Sadlers Wells Gallery, London
Raw Gallery, London

1994
The Royal Overseas League, London

1993
'Reflection of Two', Greenwich Theatre Art Gallery, London

SELECTED MIXED EXHIBITIONS

2017
VOLTA BASEL Coates & Scarry, 2 person presentation with Penny Byrne
The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
RWA Autumn Exhibition, The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

2016
Strange Worlds - The Vision of Angela Carter RWA Bristol
The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
Victoria Art Gallery and Museum, Bath

2015
CONTEXT Art Miami, Coates & Scarry, Miami
THE FUTURE CAN WAIT, curated by Zavier Ellis & Simon Rumley, London
ART CENTRAL  Coates & Scarry, Hong Kong
'ANTHOLOGY' Charlie Smith Gallery, London
'Spring Masters' The Armoury, John Martin Gallery, New York
'VESTIGE' Coates & Scarry, London
Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, London
ART 15 - Coates & Scarry, London
RWA Autumn Exhibition, The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
'Impressions' Herbert Read Gallery, UCA Canterbury

2014
The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
'Unsettled' Enys House, Cornwall
ART 14 London, Millennium Gallery
RWA Autumn Exhibition, The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
'WASH' Resort, Margate - curated by Francesca Flowers and Charles Williams
ARBORETUM The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

2013
The Threadneedle Prize, London (joint Winner)
Limbo, The Coffin Store, Cornwall
Millennium Mixed Winter, Millennium Gallery
The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol. Autumn Exhibition (Evolver Prize)

1991 – 2012

(inclusive) Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London

2012
The Royal West of England Academy, Autumn Exhibition

Millennium Mixed Winter

IMS - Contemporary Cornish Paintings'-

Falmouth Art Gallery, Cornwall and Christies, London

2011
PRINT! The Exchange, Cornwall
Millennium Mixed Winter

2010
30th Anniversary exhbition,  Beaux Art , Bath
Reality Check, Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall
The Lynn Painter- Stainers  Prize, London

2009
The National Open Art Competition, Pallant House, (1st Prizewinner)
The Threadneedle Art prize, London
The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, London (Prizewinner)
Cornish Perspective, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
10th Anniversay exhibition, Lemon Street Gallery

2008
The National Open Art Competition, Chichester / London (2nd Prize winner)
Crossing Over, Beaux Art, Bath
The Threadneedle Art Prize, London

2007
Art Now Cornwall, Tate Gallery St. Ives

2006
The Sovereign European Art prize, London
'To the Edge', Beardsmore Gallery, London
NSA Exhibition, Goldfish, Cornwall

2005
‘Critic’s Choice’, (Norbert Lynton), NSA, Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall
25th Anniversary Hunting Art Prizes, London (Prize winner)

2004
Invited artist, Hunting Art Prizes, London

2003
Hunting Art Prizes, Royal College of Art, London (First prize winner)
‘Critic’s Choice’, (Joan Bakewell), Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall

2002
‘The Space Between’ two -person exhibition with Mark Surridge) Merriscourt Gallery
Hunting Art Prize, Royal College of Art, London
‘Ten’, Beardsmore Gallery, London
‘From the Heart’,  Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall

2001
Lemon Street Gallery (two-person exhibition with Mary Mabutt), Cornwall

2000
Hunting Art Prizes, Royal College of Art, London (prizewinner)
Cheltenham Open Drawing Exhibition, Cheltenham, Humberside, Switzerland
Merriscourt Gallery, (four-person exhibition), Oxfordshire

 

AWARDS AND PRIZES

2013
Threadneedle Prize- joint Winner
Evolver Prize - The Royal West of England Academy

2009
The National Open Art Competition-First prize
The Lynn Painter- Stainers Prize - Runner-up prize

2008
The National Open Art Competition- Second prize

2005
25th Anniversary Hunting Art Prizes- Most Popular Painting Prize
Shortlisted for the Sovereign European Art Prize

2003
Hunting Art Prizes- First prize
Arts Council of England Award

2000
Hunting Art Prizes-Regional Award
The Villiers David Award (Fine Art-shortlisted)

1996
Young Artist Award- NEAC

1994
The Winsor & Newton Young Artist Award

1993
The Royal Overseas League Travel Scholarship
WH Patterson Fine Arts Award
The George Isted Prize (RA schools)

1992
The Royal Academy Premiums Painting Prize

 

COLLECTIONS

Linklaters
The Jerwood Foundation
Guinness
UNILEVER
BUPA
AstraZeneca
The Royal Shakespeare Company
Threadneedle

Private collections worldwide

PUBLICATIONS AND REVIEWS

2015
This is Tomorrow - The Unversed - Review by Lizzie Lloyd  thisistomorrow.com
After Nyne -'Redefining the Means of the Gaze' by Claire Meadows afternyne.com 3/10/15
Warholian - 'Lisa Wright Explored Puberty and Adolecence' by Anneka French warholian.com 24/9/15
Widewalls - 'Moves the Viewer Through Different Time periods' by Amy Lin widewalls.com 23/9/15
Aesthetica - 'The Unversed at Gallery 8' aestheticamagazine.com 28/9/15
Art Daily - 'The Unversed' artdaily.com 5/10/15
After Nyne - 'The Children that Wanted to Grow Up' afternyne.com 24/5/15
Fresh Paint Magazine - 6/5/15 freshpaint.com

2013
Drawings, Millenium Gallery

2011
Walking Through Beautiful, Richard Davey, Millennium Gallery

2010
Into the Light, 
Bruce Russell, Beardesmore Gallery

2009
The London Magazine, Naomi Woodis (Aug/sept)

2008
The Histories, 
Michael Bird & Tom Piper, Beardsmore Gallery

2007
Twilight Paintings
, Anna Moszynska, Beardsmore Gallery
Art Now Cornwall, Susan Daniel- Mc Elroy Tate Publications
St. Ives 1975-2005: Art Colony in Transition, Peter Davies

2006
The Inaugural Sovereign Art Prize 
The Hunting Art Prizes, 25 years of First Prize Winners by William Packer
Night Paintings, Virginia Button, LSG Gallery

2005
Beach Paintings, William Packer, Beardsmore Gallery, London

2003
Pool Paintings, Pip Palmer Beardsmore Gallery, London
Galleries Magazine, February issue, review by Pip Palmer
Nicholas Usherwood, critical essay to review work, Lemon Street Gallery, Truro, Cornwall

2002
The Space Between  Merriscourt Gallery, Oxfordshire
Catching The Wave, contemporary art and artists in Cornwall, by Tom Cross

2001
Exhibition Catalogue  Beardsmore Gallery, London
Newlyn Society of Artists members’ book, NSA publicaton

1999
Catalogue, Beardsmore Gallery, foreword by Michael Farr

1997
Catalogue, BUPA Arts Collection, curated by Contemporary Arts Society

1996
Royal Overseas League Catalogue

1994
Working on a Large ScaleThe Artist  (October)
Contributor, Drawing the Nude, Diana Constance, Apple Press
Royal Overseas League Catalogue

1993
Preview, RA Magazine
Working with Traditional Drawing MediaThe Artist magazine (January)
Royal Overseas League Catalogue

1992
Working with OilsThe Artist magazine (June)

 

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