Viewing Mon to Friday 9am to 4pm & Sat am.
Steve Wright: CARS: paintings and drawings by Steve Wright
8th May to 16th June 2017
Open evening 8th May 7-9pm
An exhibition of contemporary paintings and drawings. The subject is the automobile: not the mundane means of transport but colourful characters that are caught in mid-air as they jump between two ramps; or dragged downwards by some invisible force.
Steve Wright was born in Bath in 1975 and studied at Wimbledon School of Art and Newcastle University. His paintings and drawings show manufactured objects such as vehicles and inflatables in some kind of dynamic relationship with the surrounding space. Some are suspended in mid-air, floating, falling or jumping.
His current series of works recall the television and film of his 1980s childhood, particularly the car chases and jumps from James Bond and The Dukes of Hazzard. The ‘widescreen’ format and pared-down composition hint at post-war American abstraction, playfully re-imagined as contemporary figurative painting.
Works on canvas are made with oil paint, sometimes with a beeswax medium added. The drawings of cars that seem to melt downwards are created using acrylic ink and a rubber squeegee, exploring the idea of what would happen to a solid body at the event horizon of a black hole. Unlike the oil paintings, these drawings involve a degree of chance, with only the most successful attempts being selected for exhibition.
Website page about my Ripley exhibition (link from QR code on poster):