Words: Rose of Sharon Leake
Auckland gallery Gow Langsford announces Grace Wright as the latest artist joining its strong stable. The New Zealand-based painter describes her abstract gestural works as representational narratives. Graduating from a Masters of Fine Arts at Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland, the all-consuming nature of Wright’s work promptly caught the attention of Gow Langsford directors. With a string of accolades to her name including Second Runner Up at the Wallace Art Awards, finalist in the NZ Painting and Printmaking Award (2015, 2016) and Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award (2015), Wright is entering the art world at full steam.
Wright’s gestural works evoke the undulating rhythm of the natural world, while alluding to 17th-century religious painting as well as contemporary dialogues of masculine and feminine identity. “As a female body”, Wright says, “I would enter a ‘transcendent’, ‘no mind’ state allowing the painting to come through me”.
While the COVID-19 crisis continues to keep us inside and away from the physical gallery, Gow Langsford have released a digital interview with Wright to keep collectors up to date with her work and how she is keeping her practice vibrant through this time.
Image: Grace Wright surrounded by her work. Courtesy: Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland.