Daphne Wright

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Daphne Wright (born 1963) is an Irish visual artist, who was elected as member of Aosdána in 2011. As well as taking part in exhibitions nationally and internationally,[1] she has also produced large-scale commissions. She currently lives and works between Dublin and Bristol.

Education

Wright was born in 1963, in Ireland. She studied at the Institute of Technology, Sligo between 1981–1985, National College of Art & Design, Dublin between 1985–87 and between 1989–1991 at Newcastle-upon -Tyne Polytechnic.[2]

Work

According to Wright's biographical statement her work "is the result of a relentless curiosity into the way in which a range of languages and materials can create an involvement with often unspoken human preoccupations."[3] Her practice consists of casting, making, sound recording, filmmaking and drawing resulting in series of works that explore subjects such as prayer, literature, song, ageing and death.[4][5] Wright's work includes a use of materials that range plaster, tinfoil, video, printmaking, found objects and performance.[6]

Wright's on-going series of figurative sculpture works includes the piece's Child (2011), a Jesmonite cast of the artist's son's feet, painted with water colour, and Sons (2011), a pair of Jesmonite casts of Wright's sons from the chest up.[7] Other sculpture works such as Lamb (2006), Swan (2007) and Stallion (2009) consist of casts of dead animals that have been positioned by the artist and rendered in marble dust and resin.[8]

Wright currently lives and works between Dublin, Ireland and Bristol, England.

Exhibitions

Wright has produced a series of large-scale commissions; 'Still life' at Hanbury Hall, Worcester,[9] 'Plura', South Tipperary County Council and IMMA Irish Museum of Modern Art,[10][11] 'Stallion', Carlow County Council, Ireland,[12] 'Home Ornaments', Gorbals, Glasgow, in association with CWZG Architects and The Artworks Programme,[13] 'Theses Talking Walls ' New Art Centre, Salisbury,[14] 'Prayer Project' Derby with Picture This Bristol,[15] and most recently 'Garden of Reason', Ham House and Garden, Richmond.[16]

Wright's work has been shown in group exhibitions in Britain and internationally in Luan Gallery, Athlone, Ireland, GoMA, Glasgow, The Holburne Museum, Bath, Enniskillen Castle, Ireland and Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg.

Recognition

Wright has received the following awards and fellowships; Henry Moore Foundation Fellowship, Manchester Metropolitan University,[17] Cheltenham Fellowship, British School at Rome Award in Sculpture and the 1996 Paul Hamlyn Award.[18][19]

References

  1. ^ Picture This, Works & Projects, Daphne Wright Retrieved 25 June 2013
  2. ^ National Irish Visual Arts Library, National Irish Visual Arts Library, Retrieved 17 June 2013
  3. ^ Now Wakes the Sea, Kinsal Arts Festival, April 2013, Retrieved 25 June 2013
  4. ^ Mansfield, Laura, Circa, Issue 123, p67-69, Spring 2008, Circa magazine
  5. ^ Clark, Robert, Exhibitions Preview: Daphne Wright, Derby, The Guardian, 9 May 2009, Retrieved 25 June 2013
  6. ^ Preece, Robert, A conversation with Daphne Wright, Sculpture Magazine, Vol. 29, No. 2, March 2010
  7. ^ Tipton, Gemma, Prelude Speaker: Contemporary Castletown, Artforum April 2013, Retrieved 25 June 2013
  8. ^ Preece, Robert, A conversation with Daphne Wright, Sculpture Magazine, Vol. 29, No. 2, March 2010
  9. ^ Meadow Arts, Exhibition Still Life, Meadow Arts, June 2007, Retrieved 12 June 2013
  10. ^ IMMA Press Office, Mary Cloake, Director, The Arts Council, to open exhibition in South Tipperary County Museum, Irish Museum of Modern Art, 4 June 2009, Retrieved 12 June 2013
  11. ^ Mansfield, Laura, Artists, Daphne Wright, Altered Images, Altered Images, February 2011, Retrieved 17 June 2013
  12. ^ Dunne, Aidan, Build it and they will come, Irish Times, 30 September 2009
  13. ^ Reardon, Valerie, Review Daphne Wright, Art Monthly, Issue 215, p28, April 1998
  14. ^ Shirley, Rosemary, Interface, a-n magazine, a-n, September 2001, Retrieved 12 June 2013
  15. ^ Clark, Robert, Exhibitions Preview: Daphne Wright, Derby, The Guardian, Robert Clark, The Guardian, 9 May 2009, Retrieved 25 June 2013
  16. ^ Hampton, Michael, Human Nature, Art Monthly, Issue 362, December/January 2012/13
  17. ^ Cornerhouse, Art Daphne Wright, Cornerhouse Art, November 1994, Retrieved 12 June 2013
  18. ^ Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Awards For Artists, Previous Awards, Paul Hamlyn Foundation Archived 21 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine., Retrieved 12 June 2013
  19. ^ National Irish Visual Arts Library, National Irish Visual Arts Library, Retrieved 17 June 2013

External links

  • Aosdána
  • Circa, Summer 2004
  • Garden of Reason- Daphne Wright, Artist Profile
  • The Artworks Programme
  • Picture This, Works & Projects
  • Now Wakes the Sea, Kinsal Arts Festival
  • Daphne Wright at Frith Street Gallery


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