William Wright was born in Sydney in 1937. He undertook a Diploma in Painting at the National Art School in Sydney from 1954-58 and went on to study in Florence and London during the 1960s. His first solo exhibition was held in Edinburgh in 1965 shortly followed by exhibitions in London, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.
Wright was well known as an curator, lecturer and arts administrator. Although he continued to paint, Wright stopped actively exhibiting in 1968 and did not begin again until 2008, when he showed at Perth's Galerie Dusseldorf under the title Triptych, along with his artist wife Hilarie Mais and their daughter Jessica Mais Wright.
diptych: oil, wax, marble dust on wood
242.0 x 124.4 x 4.5 cm overall :
a - top, 122 x 124.4 x 4.5 cm
b - bottom, 120 x 114.5 x 3 cm
Signature & date
Signed and dated top c. verso [part a], black fibre-tipped pen "W W ... 2001 (illeg.)".
Signed upper c. verso [part b], white oil? "W W".
Dated upper c. verso [part b], white oil? ".../ 2001-2011".
Patrick White Bequest Fund 2015
Not on display
© Estate of William Wright
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Referenced in 1 publication
Chris Mitchell (Editor in Chief), http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/visual-arts/obituary-artist-william-james-wright-opener-of-doors-to-perception/story-fn9d3avm-1227142402431, Canberra, 03 Dec 2014, (colour illus.). Obituary by Anna Johnson online