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Grace Wright

I’m interested in the slippage between what we think we know and the felt state of the body, asking how painting might act as a stimulus to transcend the everyday experience of living. To me, these works enact a kind of ‘opening’ and through this a felt exaltation or agony by tight coiling gestures that hold a tension and release. A frozen moment of ecstasy perhaps, equally delicious as it is grotesque. The significance of the large scale allows us to become aware of the relative size of our bodies before it. In both scale and style, abstraction is ‘an ideal vehicle for something as enigmatic and subjective as the spiritual. - Grace Wright

Grace Wright’s background in dance, performance, and music, all come together in a unique energy that combines movement and colour in multilayered compositions that seem to impossibly balance localised surface details with equal parts visceral immersion. Grace graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (hons) from Elam School of Fine Arts (Auckland) in 2014 and she completed her MFA in 2019.

*Residents of New Zealand interested in acquiring Grace's work should contact Gow Langsford Gallery in Auckland*

Selected works

GRACE WRIGHT
Finding New Ways Of Belonging 2021
acrylic on linen
130 × 500 cm

exhibitions

GROUP SHOW
22 November – 21 December 2021
GROUP SHOW

BOOTH H07 | SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY 2021 AT GALLERY 9
11 November – 27 November 2021
GROUP SHOW

MAKING IT ALL SEEM REAL
21 April – 15 May 2021
GRACE WRIGHT

GEMS FROM THE FAIR AND THE STOCKROOM
18 September – 12 October 2019
GROUP SHOW

SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY 2019
12 September – 15 September 2019
GROUP SHOW

HEARTFELT
27 February – 03 March 2019
GRACE WRIGHT

News

GRACE WRIGHT – ART COLLECTOR
12 April 2021
GRACE WRIGHT

GRACE WRIGHT – ART NEWS
11 November 2020
GRACE WRIGHT

EXUBERANTLY ROCOCO WRIGHT
29 September 2020
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CV

B. 1992, Tauranga, New Zealand. 

Lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand

Education

Master of Fine Arts, Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland, NZ, 2018-2019

Bachelor of Fine Arts with honours, Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland, NZ 2011-2014

SELECTED SOLO SHOWS

Making It All Seem Real, Gallery 9 Sydney, 2021

Alpha Paradise Gow Langsford Auckland, NZ, 2020

You And Your Resolve, The Vivian, Matakana, NZ, 2019

HEARTFELT, Gallery 9, Sydney, AUS, 2019

Twisted Logic, Parlour Projects, Hastings, NZ, 2018

Breathing Room, Parlour Projects, Hastings, NZ, 2017

Afternoon Delight, PG Gallery 192, Christchurch, NZ, 2017

Spearmint Fantasies, Warwick Henderson Gallery, Auckland, NZ, 2016

Loop, Warwick Henderson Gallery, Auckland, NZ, 2015

Lush, Studio One, Auckland, NZ, 2015

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS

Gow Langsford @ Auckland Art Fair 2020

Gallery 9 @ Sydney Contemporary, Carriageworks, Sydney, AUS 2019

Still No Answer: Contemporary Women Artists From Australia & New Zealand, The Vivian, Matakana, NZ, 2019

Infinite Planes, Parlour Projects, Hastings, NZ, 2019

Parlour Projects @ Auckland Art Fair, NZ, 2018

Tastes Like Honey, Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland, NZ, 2017

Nothing Comes From Nothing, Zeus Gallery Tauranga, and Calder & Lawson Gallery, Waikato University, Hamilton, NZ, 2015-2016

NZ Painting & Printmaking Award, Waikato Arts Festival, Hamilton, NZ, 2015, 2016

Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award, Whakatane, NZ, 2015, 2016

Adaption: New Artists in a New Space, Warwick Henderson, Auckland, NZ, 2015

Initiate[s] New Grads, Lake House Arts, Auckland, NZ                                    

Emergence: A Painting Show, Projectspace Gallery, Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland, NZ

RESIDENCIES/PROJECTS

Making A Fuss (The Haier Big Hoot fundraiser for the Child Cancer Foundation), sculpture selected by and for placement at the Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, NZ, 2018

Breathing Room residency, Parlour Projects, Hawke’s Bay

REPRESENTED BY

Gow Langsford, Auckland NZ

Gallery 9, Sydney