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Jimmy Wright


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Gathering Together, 41 x 29 inches
Self no. 4, 25 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches
Pompeii no. 8, red and blue, 29 x 31in

Biography

Most recently Jimmy Wright's pastel work was on view at Forum Gallery, New York in the group exhibition, “Perceptions of Self.” His pastel self-portrait was on exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York in the exhibition, “The Lens and the Mirror: Self-Portraits from the Collection, 1957-2007.” The Springfield Art Museum, Missouri organized the survey exhibition, “Jimmy Wright, Twenty Years of Paintings and Pastels.”

His work is in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR; Center for Book and Paper Arts, Chicago. IL; Lower East Side Printshop, New York; Roger Brown Study Collection, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, MO; and other public collections. DC Moore Gallery, New York and Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, IL have presented several solo exhibitions of his work and represent the artist.

In 2013 Art News said of his self-portrait, “But Jimmy Wright’s 2002 pastel of one swollen, white hand clamped to a turquoise head -- conjuring a modern-day van Gogh on a lifelong bender -- gives a face to human suffering, his own and everyone’s.”

New York Times described Wright´s sunflowers as "untrammeled images so deeply expressive that they make van Gogh´s florals look decorous by comparison," and The New Yorker said they are "passionately unkempt" not exactly unsentimental, but full of a writhing, macabre lushness."

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