Richard Wright paints directly onto the walls of the gallery where his work has a subtle and intimate dialogue with its architectural surroundings. Using a range of improvised motifs drawn from sources as diverse as illuminated manuscripts, computer graphics and tattoos, he uses pattern and repetition to produce delicate freehand designs that heighten the atmosphere and perception of a room. His works are produced in situ, often taking several weeks to complete. Wright's work has a short life as at the end of the show it is painted over leaving no trace. This transient and site-specific quality invites questions about aesthetic experience, the value of the handcrafted object and the history of painting.
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8 Dec 2009
The Turner Prize 2009 has been awarded to Richard Wright, it was announced at Tate Britain this evening