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Big London green



William Wright AM


17 Feb 1937 – 31 Oct 2014

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    London England
    Media category
    Materials used
    oil on canvas
    268.4 x 154.0 x 3.5 cm stretcher
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated upper c. verso on stretcher bar, black fibre-tipped pen "W W/ 1968/ ...".
    Signed and dated upper c. verso on canvas, black fibre-tipped pen "W W/ 1968/ ...".
    Signed and dated l.l. verso on stretcher [upside down], black oil? "W W 1971".

    Gift of Hilarie Mais 2015. Donated through the Australian Governemnt's Cultural Gifts Program
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of William Wright

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  • About

    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. He was well known as an curator, lecturer and arts administrator.

    These two paintings are from a peak period in Wright's art practice, painted during Wright’s stay in London in the 1960s when he was involved in the hard edge geometric and colour field painting, conceptual art, and pop art movements. Minimalism was also a lifelong influence to Wright, and the impact of these movements is obvious in the works. 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 Duseseldoef under the title 'Triptych', along with his artist wife Hilarie Mais and their daughter Jessica Mais Wright.

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    Shown in 1 exhibition

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