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Richard Wright is a British artist and musician. He was born in London. His family moved to Scotland when he was young. He attended Edinburgh College of Art from 1978 to 1982 and studied at Glasgow School of Art between 1993 and 1995 studying for a Master of Fine Art. He won the Turner Prize in 2009 for his golden fresco on the walls of Tate Britain's second room. He lives in Glasgow.
Wright decorates architectural spaces with intricately detailed geometric patterns in paint and gold leaf. His work of art includes a wide range of works made on paper, from prints on poster paper to elaborate and complex large-scale works that can include thousands of hand drawn and painted marks.
His paintings are often short-lived, only surviving the length of an exhibition, they are painted over at the end of the show. This often seems to heighten the senses of the viewer in the knowledge that the work may not be viewable again, in any other place, at any other time. Turner Prize judge Andrea Schlieker described him as a "painter who rejects the canvas"; fellow judge Jonathan Jones called him a "modern fresco painter". Wright injects complex works into often overlooked architectural spaces.
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