Anne Wright RBA
A recurring element and something that attracted me throughout my career has been working "centre jour", representing still lifes, interiors, portraits against the light. Light has been my main inspiration. The Greek Islands with their intense white light and the abstract shapes of tumbling houses, steps, rooftops and brilliant blue skies have been my main source of subject and excitement for many years. Also Spain, Italy, Portugal and Morocco have yielded material for many paintings exploring the light and colours of those countries.
I paint mainly in my studio, landscapes, houses, streets etc from drawings & sketches done on the spot. My materials are oil paints on canvas or board. I also do charcoal drawings of my surroundings interiors and my garden. I do many charcoal drawings from the nude.
Born in Nottingham.
Trained at Nottingham Collage of Art followed by four years at the Royal Academy Schools, London. During that time she passed National Diploma in Design, twice won the David Murray Landscape Scholarship and Bronze & Silver Medals for Life Painting and Portrait Painting.
Exhibits regularly in Group Shows such as the Royal Academy Summer Show & the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. Showed in the Paris Salon 1967 & 1961 where she won the Medaille Dâ€™Argent. Anne was recently made a member of Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) in 2012 and is a longstanding member of the Chelsea Art Society & the Small Paintings Group of which she is President both of which have annual Exhibitions in which she shows.
She also shows with the New English Art Club & the Royal Society of British Artists. She has twice won the Agnes Reeve Memorial Award for a painting of London and in 1980 was made Straker Artist of the Year.
The Pugh & Carr Gallery, London 1963
The Chappel Gallery, Newbury, Berkshire 1965
The Cranley Arms Gallery, London 1975
The Hellenic Exhibition Centre, London 1985
The Coach House Gallery, Guernsey 1986
The Coach House Gallery, Guernsey 1991
Leighton House Museum, London 1992
The Coach House Gallery, Guernsey 1997
The Bartley Dray Gallery, London 1997
The Chelsea Arts Club 2000
The Gallery, Sausmarez Manor, Guernsey 2002
The Piers Feetham Gallery, London 2003
Chez Manny, London 2003
The Chelsea Arts Club 2005
54 The Gallery, Shepherd Market 2007
The Piers Feetham Gallery 2010
Various murals including two large commissions painted for the Head Office of McAlpines Construction and for the General Dental Council building in London.
Her work is held in several private collections in Great Britain, Europe, America, Australia, Hong Kong and in the Candie Museum, Guernsey
Patron, Industry Supports the Arts published by Connoisseur Ltd 1966
Painters Progress published by Allen Lane/ Penguin 1983
The Complete Painters Course Tom Robb published by J.G. Press 1996
The Art of Painting & Drawing published by Eaglemoss 1993