Jack Wright

Jack Wright

1919 – 2003

“Jack Cushing Wright grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, and attended Williams College and St. Paul School of Art, studying with Cameron Booth. Wright moved to Chicago and attended the Institute of Design. He married Patty Wright and moved to California in 1950, where he worked as an architectural color consultant for a number of years. In 1957, Wright moved to Morelia, Mexico, to continue his personal art practice. He returned to California and built his house and studio in Inverness in 1959, where he lived and worked until his death.” —Landscapes of Consciousness

“In the paintings of John [Jack] Wright, mysterious forms float majestically through vast fields of color. A curiously sensuous and satisfying amalgam of the geometric and organic, these forms behave as if subject to slow-moving but potent directional forces; forces that stimulate surprising permutations in color and contour as the shapes connect, intersect, and pull apart while traversing the picture plane. Contradictorily placid yet hinting of intense drama, they create an aura of disquieting beauty and cosmic power.

“Wright’s most reductive unit of expression is a simple dot, which he uses as a basis for endless formal invention. Most often the dots are arranged so as to coagulate in shapes with relatively distinct borders, though subtle spatial variations and minute shifts in hue contribute to a sense of interior flow and transition. At other times they are strung out individually to create thin threads of undulating color; still at others they are gathered together in a dense mass of energy, which gradually disperses as they radiate from a focal point.” —Ross Anderson, Director, Everson Museum

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