DOUG WRIGHT, Australia

Rising Yellow. 2012. oil on linen. 183 x 112 cm


Doug Wright was born in Ballarat in 1944. Between 1963 - 1964 he studied at Ballarat School of Mines Art School and in 1965 - 1966 at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, resulting in a Diploma of Art (Fine Art Painting). From 1974 he has had over 20 solo exhibitions and in 1993 a survey exhibition, which travelled Victorian Regional Galleries.

Doug Wright is now a full-time painter having retired as Senior Lecturer in charge of Painting at The University of Ballarat.

His early training was in traditional landscape painting, predominantly in watercolour: over the years and since working in oil, there has been a gradual refinement of those early approaches and a general move towards abstraction and the 'field' works where the complexity of surface marks creates an atmosphere.

Doug finds atmosphere very important in establishing a mood in the work. This can shift subtly from painting to painting by the gradual shift of colours. The
complex layered paint surfaces enables Doug to control the luminosity and translucency of the paint which in turn alters the atmospheric feel of the work.

In more recent years, the time spent working in both Scotland and Australia has made it clear how important a feel of the space that surrounds and envelops you, impacts noticeably on the way ideas are borne out in painting. Light, atmosphere, the energy of people, the this and that of memory transform the appearance of art; in other words it is the way ideas are magnified and clarified. How your actual
being is signified in the painting.

The creation of meaning in the work hangs by a delicate thread, bound up in paint, the metaphors of signs and symbols, all attempting to make a conduit
complete between the artist, the painting and the spectator. I sometimes refer to this as the fragile triangle.

[From the artist's website]

Featured Exhibitions

2013   Now and Then: 40 Years of Painting
2011   Mixed Exhibition
2006   ARTSingapore
2005   ARTSingapore

Home. 2013, oil on linen, 102 x 112 cm

Blue Gum. 2009, diptypch, encaustic on linen, 112 x 123 cm