Clifton Wright

About

Clifton Wright has pursued portraiture for over a decade, from the beginning the faces in his drawings have been woven into and enmeshed with tessellations of abstract shapes. Working most recently from life his drawn portraits build as series, made in response to family albums, art books and exhibitions, characters from science fiction, film, and popular culture.

In his latest series ‘Outer Space Portraits’ Wright plays with the meaning of space, referencing science fiction, astronomy and ancient iconography while simultaneously testing the limits of pictorial space.

‘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)

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Hieroglyphics of the Face
Block 336

Biography

Clifton Wright’s first major solo exhibition ‘Hieroglyphics of the Face’ at Block 336 in 2022 follows the success of his display at Collect 2022 Somerset House where his drawings and ceramics were acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum. In 2019 Wright’s drawings were acquired by the Arts Council Collection leading to National Touring Exhibitions. Wright featured in the Drawing Room exhibition ‘Close: Drawn Portraits’ 2018 and Drawing Biennial 2021, alongside an impressive roster of artists both historical and contemporary.

Solo Exhibitions
  • 2022
  • Hieroglyphics of the Face, Block 336, London
Group exhibitions
  • 2023
  • A Lion in the Studio, Copland Gallery
  • 2023
  • Bloom, York Art Gallery
  • 2022
  • Collect 2022, Somerset House, London
  • 2021
  • Drawing Biennial 2021, Drawing Room, London
  • 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

Film