Friday, January 29, 2010

Jimmy Wright

Name: Jimmy Wright
Bio: Born in rural Kentucky, 1944, Wright moved to Chicago to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and he lived and made art there for four formative years.
As a young, quickly maturing painter and printmaker, Wright was part of the hotbed of activity that spawned Chicago's imagist movement. He was close friends with members of the group that called itself The False Image, especially Philip Hanson, Christina Ramberg, and Roger Brown.
Wright graduated with honors from SAIC in 1967 and he returned for a semester of grad school. With a travel fellowship from SAIC, he left on an overland journey through Europe into Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and finally Nepal and India, where he stayed for four months. In the autumn of 1969, Wright moved from Chicago to Carbondale, Illinois, to attend graduate school at Southern Illinois University, where he was awarded an MFA in 1971.
A major catastrophe befell Wright in 1970 when his house burned down, taking with it all the paintings he'd made while in Chicago.
In 2004 Wright's current work was hailed by The New Yorker as "...van Gogh on acid." Wright might be said to have deconstructed sunflowers, to the extent that it is difficult to imagine that there is anything left to say on the subject.
Media: Pastel, oil
Subjects: Sunflowers, self portraits
Style: I cannot categorise these paintings, other than to say they represent the object depicted.
Navigation: Main menu remains visible on top.
Gallery: Works, subdivides into Works on paper (25 pictures, mainly pastel, of which there are 20 ways of looking at a sunflower), and Paintings (oils).
Image View: The thumbnails state title, medium and dimension. The enlarged images open on a new page, and may be saved. File size is up to 320x525, 95 KB.
Demo: No.
Blog: No.
Ebay: No.


  1. Thank you for covering Jimmy Wright's work and providing this bio. I would mention that his self portraits are also a favorite of mine.

  2. Casey, thanks for the comment, and for following the blog - I've added your URL to the list of artists' websites.
    Wright is superb - obviously I can only do a potted biography, but there is much more on his site, if you follow all the links. His life and work is intriguing, but way outside the stated scope of this blog.