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Clifton Wright

About

‘The face is the most important part of the body, if you get the face right the rest will pretty much follow. It is the shapes in the face and the colours in the face that tell me what the drawing is going to be. My work is more about that abstract stuff than who the person is – a face is the starting point, but the point is the picture. I use the structure of how things slot in to the face, and continue it, like a jigsaw puzzle, across the rest of the picture.’ Clifton Wright

Clifton Wright has pursued portraiture for over a decade, working in response to family albums, newspaper and magazine pictures, documentation of exhibitions, characters from science fiction and popular culture. From the beginning (he started making portraits in the Intoart studio in 2007) the faces in his drawing have been woven into and enmeshed with tessellations of abstract shapes. The shadows playing across a face gain edges, become independent and find echoes in negative space. The way that face and space fit, knot and flow together are clearly the focus of the work, as much as the specific forms of any particular face.

Research

Intoart, Clifton Wright, Research
Intoart, Clifton Wright, Research
Intoart, Clifton Wright, Research
Intoart, Clifton Wright, Research
Intoart, Clifton Wright, Research
Intoart, Clifton Wright, Research
Intoart, Clifton Wright, Research
Intoart, Clifton Wright, Research
Intoart, Clifton Wright, Research
Intoart, Clifton Wright, Research
Intoart, Clifton Wright, Research

Film

Biography

Clifton Wright has exhibited extensively in major contemporary art galleries and museums in the UK and internationally including his most recent contribution to ‘CLOSE: Drawn Portraits’ at the Drawing Room, London 2018. Selected group exhibitions include ‘See Revolutionary Art Exhibit’ at Whitechapel Gallery, Tate Modern ‘No Soul For Sale’, SV12 Members Show -Studio Voltaire, Fashioning Space – Victoria & Albert Museum and internationally at MAD Musée Liège, Belgium.

Group exhibitions
  • 2018
  • Close: Drawn Portraits - Drawing Room, London
  • 2017
  • Fashioning Space - Victoria and Albert Museum
  • 2016
  • The Long Nights: Intoart Winter Exhibition - Whitfield Street London
  • 2016
  • Intoart Annual 2016 - Percy Street London
  • 2015
  • Intoart Annual 2015 - Studio Voltaire London
  • 2014
  • Practice Makes, Peckham Platform
  • 2012
  • Intoart Print Collection, Peckham Space
  • 2012
  • SV12 Members Show, Studio Voltaire
  • 2011
  • Verovisation, MAD Musee Belgium
  • 2010
  • No Soul For Sale, Tate Modern
  • 2009
  • See the Revolutionary Art Exhibit, Whitechapel Gallery
  • 2009
  • Magnetic Forces, Trongate 103 Glasgow
  • 2007
  • Different Spaces, Studio Voltaire
  • 2006
  • Space Mapping, Studio Voltaire
  • 2005
  • Animal Mineral Vegetable, South London Gallery
Public events and symposia
  • 2015
  • Drawing Tours, Victoria and Albert Museum
  • 2014
  • House of Voltaire
  • 2014
  • Live Archive Part 2, Tate Britain
  • 2014
  • Opening Up Collections, Victoria and Albert Museum
  • 2013
  • Live Archive Part 1, Tate Modern
  • 2013
  • Live Research, Tate Modern
  • 2011
  • Verovisation Symposia at MAD Musee, Belgium
  • 2010
  • Coming of Age symposia, Tate Modern
  • 2009
  • See the Revolutionary Art Exhibit, Whitechapel Gallery
Film Screenings
  • 2014
  • Intoart Archive, Tate Britain
  • 2010
  • A film made according to instructions by Clifton Wright with Lenka Clayton, Tate Modern and Whitechapel Gallery
Group catalogues
  • 2010
  • See the Revolutionary Art Exhibit. Published by Intoart
  • 2007
  • The Studio Project: Opening Art Practice. Published by Intoart
Artist mentor/workshop facilitator
  • 2013–15
  • Practice Makes, Tuke School
  • 2013
  • Side by Side, Southbank Centre
  • 2012
  • Reproduction, Peckham Space
  • 2007
  • Abstract Landscapes, The Studio Project book launch, Studio Voltaire