Martin De Porres Wright - Artist in Residence
September - December 2019
Draíocht continues its INCUBATE 2019 Studio Residency programme for visual artists, offering them time and space to research, test new ideas and develop new work.
02 SEP – 20 DEC 2019
MARTIN WRIGHT was born in Dublin in 1951. He attended NCAD in Kildare Street in Dublin and later graduated from the College of Commerce Rathmines with a Diploma in Art Direction and Design.
"I am an abstract painter and sculptor. I paint in oils and acrylics on Icopla Bitumen Felt. My work in bronze is developed from " found objects reinterpreted ". I began painting in 2013 after a long career in advertising and design. I graduated in art direction in 1972. I have been a practicing art director and designer since then. Since 2013 I have been a full time painter and sculptor. I am a member of VAI. In 2016 I had my first exhibition " The Lookout Tree " in the octagonal gallery of the Irish Georgian Society at 58 South William Street. The exhibition ran for the month of March. James Hanley then Keeper of the RHA was kind enough to open my exhibition. In 2017 I had the opportunity of a three month art residency at Building 98,Marfa, Texas, USA. My second exhibition " Tumbleweed " took place in April / May in the Ballroom Gallery at Building 98. It consisted of 9 abstract works all painted during my residency and 9 works titled " Reclining Bulls " one cast in bronze, eight in moulding wax.
In 2018 I began to work and develop a series of works in turf and turf dust. Inspired by the Connemara landscape and the Boglands these works went on exhibition at the invitation of the OPW in the Connemara National Park Gallery. This exhibition went on in May 2019 to show in Summerville, South Carolina, USA. "Bogland " a work in acrylic and turf dust was presented to the Mayor of Summerville, Mayor Johnson on the occasion at the Art Central Gallery. The work will hang in the new renovated Public Work Gallery due to open later in 2019." Martin De Porres Wright.
During his time in Draíocht's Studio, Martin will be developing and working on new works in turf and turf dust, as well as working with bog oak.
1. Love is a Boat. Bronze.
2. Bogland. Acrylic. Turf dust on Icopal Bitumen Felt.
3. Mystical Place. Acrylic. Turf dust on Icopal Bitumen Felt.
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