Jimmy Wright’s work is in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Whitney Museum, New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Art Institute of Chicago; Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR; Center for Book and Paper Arts, Chicago; 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. Fierman Gallery, New York; DC Moore Gallery, New York; Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago; M+B Gallery, Los Angeles have presented solo exhibitions of his work. Group exhibitions at Forum Gallery, NYC; The National Arts Club, NYC; National Academy of Design, NYC; DC Moore Gallery, NYC; Leslie Heller Gallery, NYC; Nassau County Museum of Art, NY; Liza-Tops Gallery, NY; Agrazzi Art, CT; Jerald Melberg Gallery, NC; and Baker Museum, FL included his pastels.

Art News wrote 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.”

The New Yorker said his sunflowers are “passionately unkempt” not exactly unsentimental, but full of a writhing, macabre lushness.”


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