Richard Wright

Born 1960, London; Lives in Glasgow.


1995 MFA, Glasgow School of Art
1982 BA (Hons) Painting, Edinburgh College of Art

Current & Forthcoming

2024 The Modern Institute, 3 Aird's Lane, Glasgow

Solo Exhibitions

2023 Gagosian, Davies Street, London
2022 BQ, Berlin
  The Modern Institute, 14–20 Osborne Street, Glasgow
2019 ‘Richard Wright’, Gagosian Gallery Park & 75, New York
2017 The Modern Institute, Aird's Lane Bricks Space
2015 Gagosian Gallery, Rome
2014 The Modern Institute, 3 Aird's Lane, Glasgow
  ‘Nine Chains To The Moon (Chapter 1)’, BQ, Berlin
2013 Kunsthistorisches Museum, Theseus Temple, Vienna
2012 ‘Works on Paper’, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow (Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2012)
2010 The Modern Institute, 14–20 Osborne Street, Glasgow
2009 BQ, Berlin
  Gagosian Gallery, London
2006 BQ, Cologne
2005 Gagosian Gallery, New York
  Domaine de Kerguèhennec, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Bignan
2004 DCA, Dundee
2003 BQ, Cologne
  The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow
2002 Gagosian Gallery, London
  Kunstverein für die Rhinelande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf
2001 Tate Liverpool, Liverpool
2000 Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes
1999 BQ, Cologne
  Inverleith House, Edinburgh
1994 CalArts, Los Angeles
  Transmission, Glasgow

Group Exhibitions

2024 ‘Planet Venus in Full Daylight’, BQ, Berlin
2022 ‘The Love of Print’, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow
2020 ‘Rohstoff Pouquoi’, BQ, Berlin
2019 ‘The TURNER’, The Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts, Glasgow
  ‘State of the Arts’, Selfridges, London
2018 ‘Why are my friends such finks’, BQ, Berlin
  ‘Open House’, Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco
2016 ‘I still believe in miracles’, Inverleith House, Edinburgh
  ‘The Scottish Endarkenment’, Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh
2015 ‘The Grass is Singing’, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo
  ‘Nine Chains to the Moon (Chapter 3)’, BQ, Berlin
2014 ‘Horror vacui’, Gagosian Gallery, Athens
  ‘Drawing Biennial 2014’, QB Gallery, Oslo
  ‘GENERATION: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland’, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
  ‘Nine Chains To The Moon (Chapter 2)’, BQ, Berlin (With John Latham, Tony Swain and Josef Albers)
  ‘Post-Op’, Galerie Perrotin, Paris
  ‘Abstract Drawing’, The Drawing Room, London (Curated by Richard Deacon)
2013 ‘The Show is Over’, Gagosian Gallery, London
  ‘Valise’, BQ and Pavillon der Volksbühne, Berlin (The Glasgow Weekend)
  ‘For The Time Being Wall Paintings Painted Walls’, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld
  ‘In-between’, Skarstedt Gallery, London
  ‘Tactility’, Nils Staerk, Copenhagen
2011 ‘Kunst und Philosophie’, NBK Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin
  ‘Space Oddity’, Centro Cultural Andratx, Mallorca
  ‘Still Life: Between Image and Object’, Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore (Curated by Polly Staple)
2010 ‘Made in Britain — Contemporary Art from the British Council Collection 1980-2010’, Sichuan Museum, China (Touring)
  ‘The Sleeping Congregation’, Tate Britain, London
2009 ‘Turner Prize 2009’, Tate Britain, London (Winner)
  ‘TONITE’, The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow
  ‘Votive’, CCA, Glasgow
2008 ‘Richard Wright & Samuel Beckett’, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh
  ‘Draw A Straight Line and Follow It’, Tate Modern, London
  ‘Life on Mars - 55th Carnegie International’, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
  ‘Wenn ein Reisender in einer Winternacht. Variationen über Max Bill’, Museum MARTa Herford, Herford
2007 ‘Every Day Is Saturday’, Tbilisi 4, Nato Vachnadze, Tbilisi
  ‘JARDINS PUBLICS’, Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh (26 London Street & St. George’s Well, Water of Leith)
2006 ‘Thread’, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh
  ‘Strange I've Seen That Face Before’, Museum Abteiberg, Moenchengladbach
  ‘The subversive charm of the bourgeoisie’, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
2005 ‘ShowCASe’, City Art Centre and Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh
  ‘Art Futures’, Contemporary Art Society, Bloomberg Space
  MOCA, San Diego
  ‘No Manifesto’, Galleria D'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, Bergamo
  ‘Supernova’, Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow (British Council touring exhibition. Touring to Tallinn Kunstihoone, Estonia; CCA, Vilnius, Lithuania; City Gallery, Prague; Jan Koniarek Gallery, Trnava, Slovakia)
2004 ‘Werke aus der Sammlung Boros’, Museum für neue Kunst, ZKM Karlsruhe
  ‘What is in my apartment when I am not there’, Berlin
  ‘Sodium & Asphalt’, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (British Council exhibition. Touring to Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Monterrey, Mexico)
2003 ‘Drawings’, Gagosian Gallery, London
  ‘Killing Time and Listening Between the Lines’, Jumex Foundation, Mexico
2002 ‘Drawing Now: Eight Propositions’, Museum of Modern Art, New York
  ‘FAIR’, Royal College of Art, London
  ‘Sphere’, Sir John Soane's Museum, London
  ‘My Head is on Fire but my Heart is Full of Love’, Charlottenborg Museum, Copenhagen
  ‘The Garden of Violence’, Murten Historisches Museum, Meyriez (Swiss Expo 2002)
2001 Kunsthalle Bern, Bern
  ‘Painting at the Edge of the World’, Walker Arts Centre, Minneapolis
  ‘Here and Now: Scottish Art 1990-2001’, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee; Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen
2000 ‘Amateur/Eldsjäl’, MOCA, Gothenburg
  Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh
  ‘Intelligence’, Tate Britain, London
  ‘Home...’, Van Loon Museum, Amsterdam
  Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (British Art Show touring exhibition. Touring to Centre for Visual Arts, Cardiff; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton, Southampton)
1999 ‘Xn 1999’, Espace des Arts, Chalon
  ‘Creeping Revolution’, Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw
  ‘de coras(i)on’, TeclaSala, Barcelona
  The Drawing Center, New York
  ‘A Radiant Future’, Forde, Geneva
  ‘Free Coke - Contemporary Drawing’, Greene Naftali, New York
  ‘In The Midst of Things’, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, Bournville, Birmingham
1998 ‘Netverk’, Museet for Samtidskunst, Oslo
  Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
  ‘Manifesta 2’, Luxembourg
  ‘Salon 3’, London
  ‘Roundabout’, Ujazdowski Castle Centre of Contemporary Art, Warszaw
  ‘Surfacing: Drawings by 20 Contemporary Artists’, ICA, London
1997 ‘Correspondences: Art from Scotland and Berlin’, Berlinische Gallerie im Martin-Gropius-Bau and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
  Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
  ‘Pictura Britannica’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
  ‘Pure Fantasy: Inventive Painting of the 90s’, Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno
  ‘Wish You Were Here Too’, 83 Hill Street, Glasgow
  ‘Material Culture: The Object in British Art of the 1980s and 90s’, Hayward Gallery, London
1996 ‘Loaded: A Contemporary View of British Painting’, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
  ‘No Tell Hotel’, Moat House Hotel, Glasgow
  ‘Absolut Vision: New British Painting in the 1990s’, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford
  ‘Sugarhiccup’, Tramway, Glasgow
  ARC Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris
  ‘Stepping Out’, 33 Great Sutton Street, London
  ‘insanestupidphatfuctpervert’, Concrete Skates, Glasgow (Touring exhibition. Touring to Cubitt, London)
  ‘Live/Life’, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris
1995 ‘Landscape Show’, CalArts, Los Angeles
  Waygood Gallery, Newcastle
  ‘The Belmont Hotel Installation Project’
  ‘30 Secs + Title’, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
  ‘About Place’, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh
1994 ‘New Art in Scotland’, CCA, Glasgow and Aberdeen City Art Gallery
1993 City Racing, London
  ‘Pure Fiction’, Intermedia, Glasgow
  ‘Transmission in Belfast’, Catalyst Arts, Belfast (Exchange Show with Transmission, Glasgow; Catalyst Arts, Belfast)


2018 Tottenham Court Road Elizabeth Line Station, London, Commissioned by Crossrail Programme (Permanent commission )
2013 Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (Permanent Commission)
2010 ‘The Stairwell Project’, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (Permanent Commission)
2007 ‘Richard Wright’, MCASD Downtown, San Diego (Permanent Commission)
  Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough (Permanent Commission)
2000 Gagosian Gallery, New York (Permanent Commission)



2022 Peter Nilson: ‘The art of the Elizabeth Line gives stations an identity’, Railway Technology, 01/06/2022
  Helen Stoilas and Benjamin Sutton: ‘In Pictures: our pick of Frieze Los Angeles’, Art Newspaper, 18/02/2022
2011 Lowndes, Sarah: ‘Slow Dazzle’, Spike Art Quarterly, 02/2011
2010 Patience, Jan: ‘One Moment in Time’, Home and Interiors Scotland, Issue 73 08/2010
  Nardi, Sarah: ‘This Painting will self-destruct’, Adbusters, 22/03/2010
  ‘Painting Is Something Made Out Of Nothing, An Interview With Richard Wright’, RES, 03/2010
2009 Higgins, Charlotte: ‘There’s too much stuff in the world’, The Guardian, 09/12/2009
  Jones, Jonathan: ‘Art v Books: a critical double standard’, The Guardian (on Art Blog), 08/12/2009
  Jones, Jonathan: ‘The Big Dig’, The Guardian G2, 30/04/2009
2006 Dorn, Anja: ‘Richard Wright: Psychedelic Wall Drawings’, Metropolis M, 2006
2005 Pècoil, Vincent: ‘Dossier: Richard Wright, a Rebours’, O2, 2005
2004 Wright, Richard: ‘Artist’s project’, INTERVIU, Issue 04 30/11/2004
2003 Esche, Charles: ‘A conversation between Charles Esche and Richard Wright, (interview)’, Afterall, Issue 7 2003
  Thompson, Mungo: ‘Viva Baja’, Afterall, Issue 7 2003
2001 Groos, Ulrike: ‘Totenkopf und Arabesque’, Kunstbulletin, 10/2001
  Farquharson, Alex: ‘Back to the wall’, Frieze, Issue 58 04/2001
  Dalrymple, Clarissa: ‘Clarissa Dalrymple on Richard Wright’, Artforum, No.240 01/2001
1998 Esche, Charles: ‘Charles Esche in conversation with Richard Wright’, an, 11/1998
1997 Feldman, Melissa E: ‘At First Site’, Art Monthly, No.210 10/1997

Exhibition Reviews

2017 Jones, Jonathan: ‘Five of the Best’, Guardian Guide, 03/06/2017
2013 Teutsch, Therese: ‘Sight and Memory – Turner prize winner Richard Wright speaks about his art’, British Counil Germany, 02/10/2013
  Weh, Vitus: ‘Richard Wright, Theseustempel Vien’, Frieze, No. 10 06/2013
  Jones, Jonathan: ‘Richard Wright‘s stellar art shines next to Rembrandt at the Rijksmuseum’, The Guardian Online, 08/04/2013
  Roscam Abbing, Laura: ‘Richard Wright and the Ciuypers Star’, Rijksmuseum Bulletin, 2013
2012 Miller, Phil: ‘Bewildered and beguiled‘, Sunday Herald, 22/04/2012
  Cumming, Laura: ‘The New Review’, The Observer, 22/04/2012
  Miller, Phil: ‘Hanging out with friends‘, The Herald, 13/04/2012
  ‘The Realist‘, The List, 28/03/2012
2010 Clegg, James: ‘Richard Wright’, Art Monthly, No. 340 10/2010
  McLean-Ferris, Laura: ‘Richard Wright A different Frame of Mind’, The Independent, 20/09/2010
  McCracken, Edd: ‘The Wright Way’, Sunday Herald, 29/08/2010
  Hoyle, Ben: ‘Edinburgh The weekend starts here...and here...and here’, The Times, 13/08/2010
  Dormet, Richard: ‘Scotland shows the world how its done‘, Daily Telegraph, 10/08/2010
  Cumming, Laura: ‘More small steps for a man on a mission’, The Observer, 08/08/2010
  Jeffrey, Moira: ‘The 1061 Steps’, Scotland on Sunday, 08/08/2010
  Jones, Jonathan: ‘Arts Visual art’, The Guardian G2, 05/08/2010
  Doubal, Rosalie: ‘Profusion of painting at 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Art Festival’, The List, 04/08/2010
  Campbell-Johnson, Rachel: ‘Art festival The grass is always greener in the gallery‘, The Times, 30/07/2010
  Hartley, Keith: ‘Ceiling painting that demands we look up to artists latest work’, The Scotsman, 07/2010
  ‘Making a Lasting Impression’, The Herald, 07/2010
  ‘Richard Wright’s Most Complex Painting to Date Unveiled at the Dean Gallery‘’, Art Knowledge News, 30/06/2010
  Higgins, Charlotte: ‘Richard Wright Turner Winner Erased‘, The Guardian, 12/01/2010
2009 ‘My Week Richard Wright: The better the picture, the more I long to destroy it‘, The Sunday Times, 13/12/2009
  Devine, Rachel: ‘The art of shunning posterity‘, The Sunday Times Scotland, 13/12/2009
  Campbell-Johnson, Rachel: ‘All that glitter is not sold in this glimmering world‘, The Times, 09/12/2009
  Godwin, Richard: ‘This Turner is proof we yearn for honest art’, Evening Standard, 09/12/2009
  Sooke, Alastair: ‘Turner Prize: Art is beautiful again‘, The Telegraph Online, 09/12/2009
  Dorment, Richard: ‘A Turner Prize winner whose work is beautiful - what a surprise’, The Daily Telegraph, 08/12/2009
  ‘All that Glitters’, The Metro, 08/12/2009
  Aspden, Peter: ‘Decorative painter wins turner‘, Financial Times, 08/12/2009
  Miller, Phil: ‘Glasgow artist scoops Turner Prize’, The Herald, 08/12/2009
  Jeffrey, Moira: ‘Interview: Richard Wright, Turner Prize winner artist’, The Scotsman, 08/12/2009
  Hoyle, Ben: ‘I’d like him to do my living room. Wall artist wins the Turner prize’, The Times, 08/12/2009
  Jones, Jonathan: ‘Richard Wright: A new Renaissance for the Turner Prize‘‘, The Guardian (on Art Blog), 08/12/2009
  Ellicott, Claire: ‘Scots artist takes gold at the Turner‘, Scottish Daily Mail, 08/12/2009
  Jury, Louise: ‘Temporary wall painting strikes gold at Turner Prize’, Evening Standard, 08/12/2009
  Akbar, Arifa: ‘What a shock! Painting wins Turner‘, The Independent, 08/12/2009
  ‘Wright Strikes Gold’, The Metro, 08/12/2009
  Higgins, Charlotte: ‘Wright wins with ephemeral fresco’, The Guardian, 08/12/2009
  Glover, Michael: ‘You could call Wright’s art minimalist, but it is also luxurious’, The Independent, 08/12/2009
  Searle, Adrian: ‘All that Glitter is not Gold’, The Guardian Online, 07/12/2009
  Sillito, David: ‘Artist Wright wins Turner Prize‘‘, BBC Scotland News (Online), Interview with Richard Wright 07/12/2009
  Fincher, Christina: ‘Fresco painter Richard Wright wins Turner Prize’,, 07/12/2009
  Nayeri, Farah: ‘Painter Richard Wright, Who Wrecks Own Work, Wins Turner Prize’,, 07/12/2009
  Dorment, Richard: ‘Richard Wright: Turner Prize 2009 winner’, The Telegraph, 07/12/2009
  Adams, Stephen, Moore, Matthew: ‘Turner Prize awarded to painter Richard Wright’, The Telegraph, 07/12/2009
  Macmillan, Duncan: ‘Art Review: The Turner Prize 2009 Exhibition’, The Scotsman, 12/2009
  Searle, Adrian: ‘Here Come the Egg Men‘, The Guardian, 06/11/2009
  Degen, Natasha: ‘Richard Wright’, Frieze, Issue 127 11/2009
  Darwent, Charles: ‘A terribly polite Turner Prize? What a nice change...‘, The Independent on Sunday, 11/10/2009
  Jeffrey, Moira: ‘Art review: Turner Prize 2009, Tate Britain’, The Scotsman, 11/10/2009
  Basciano, Oliver: ‘The Turner Prize, now taking bets’, Art Review, 07/10/2009
  Lubbock, Tom: ‘Are we losing the art of surprise?’, The Independent, 06/10/2009
  Hoyle, Ben: ‘History repeats itself as late addition to the Turner Prize proves a little too diverting’, The Times, 06/10/2009
  Pill, Steve: ‘The Big Interview The Turner Prize 2009: Putting an End to the Shock Tactics’, The Metro, 06/10/2009
  Dorment, Richard: ‘The favourite versus the dazzling outsider’, The Daily Telegraph, 06/10/2009
  Lewis, Ben: ‘Yes, it’s the best of British art’, Evening Standard, 06/10/2009
  Schappert, Roland: ‘Treppe ins Nichts‘, Die Zeit, 11/07/2009
  Akbar, Arifa: ‘Diamonds, crystals and bare backsides-it’s Turner time!’, The Independent, 29/04/2009
  Hoyle, Ben: ‘The draughtswoman, surrealist, graffiti artist and alchemist who rescued the Turner Prize’, The Times, 29/04/2009
  Cornwell, Tim: ‘Turner Prize Shock-Nominated Artists can Draw and Paint‘, The Scotsman, 29/04/2009
  Januszczak, Waldemar: ‘A Turner full of surprises‘, The Sunday Times, 11/01/2009
2007 Jones, Jonathan: ‘Paradise Regained‘, The Guardian, 13/08/2007
2005 Frankel, David: ‘Richard Wright’, Artforum, 05/2005
  Smith, Roberta: ‘Richard Wright’, New York Times, 05/02/2005
2004 Mansfield, Susan: ‘Opening your mind’, The Scotsman, 18/04/2004
  Domke, Graham: ‘backs to the wall’, The List, 04/2004
2002 Archer, Michael: ‘Richard Wright’, Artforum, 12/2002
  Backhaus, Catrin: ‘Richard Wright’, Kunstbulletin, 09/2002
  Dorn, Anja: ‘Wandstärke 7’, Texte zur Kunst, 09/2002
  Weiss, Matthais: ‘Sieben Stufen an der Wand’, Westfälischer Anzeiger, 11/07/2002
  Fricke, Christiane: ‘Wie ein schooner Traum’, Süddeutsche Zeitung, 08/07/2002
  Imdahl, Georg: ‘Betonmauern gegen Spiessergebrösel...’, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 06/07/2002
2000 Usherwood, Paul: ‘Alison Turnbull/ Layla Curtis/ Richard Wright‘, Art Monthly, No. 240 10/2000
1999 Chilver, John: ‘Paul Morrison/ Richard Wright’, Art Monthly, 09/1999
  Jeffrey, Moira: ‘Wonder Walls’, Sunday Herald, 20/06/1999


2023 Richard Wright, Gagosian, London
2018 Richard Wright, The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow
2009 Richard Wright, Gagosian, London
2006 RW, BQ, Cologne
2005 VITAMIN D, Phaidon Press, London/ New York
2002 Art Now, Taschen, Cologne
  VITAMIN P, Phaidon Press, London/ New York
2000 home is where the heArt is, Museum Van Loon, Amsterdam
  In the Midst of Things, August Media Ltd, London
  Intelligence: New British Art 2000, Tate Publishing, London
  Richard Wright, Milton Keynes Art Gallery and Locus+, Milton Keynes and Newcastle
1999 de coras(i)on, TeclaSala, Barcelona
1998 Nettverk Scotland, Museet for Samtidskunst, Oslo
1997 Correspondences: Twelve artists from Berlin and Scotland, Berlinische Galerie im Martin Gropius Bau and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Berlin and Edinburgh
  Glasgow: A Presentation of the Art Scene in the 90’s, The Institute For Research Within International Contemporary Art (ForArt), Oslo
  Pitura Brittanica, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
1996 Absolut Vision: New British Painting in the 1990s, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford
  Live/Life, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris

Exhibition Publications

2013 Richard Wright in the Rijksmuseum, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
2011 Still Life, Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore
2006 Richard Wright, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee
  Strange I’ve Seen That Face Before, Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Moenchengladbach
2005 Showcase, City Art Centre and Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh
  Supernova, British Council, London
2004 Sodium & Asphalt, Museo de arte Contempoánea de Monterrey, Mexico
2003 Richard Wright, BQ, Cologne
2002 Fair, Royal College of Art, London
  My Head is on Fire but my Heart is Full of Love, Charlottenborg Exhibition Hall, Copenhagen
  Ornament and Crime: Toward Decoration, in Drawing Now: Eight Propositions, MOMA, New York
  Richard Wright, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf
  The Garden of Violence, Murten Historisches Museum, Switzerland
2001 Painting at the Edge of the World, Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis
  Scottish art 1990-2001, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee
2000 Amateur/Eldsjäl, Konsthallen Göteborg, Göteborg, Sweden
  The British Art Show 5: National Touring Exhibitions, Hayward Publishing, London
1999 Richard Wright, BQ, Cologne
1996 Sugarhiccup, Tramway, Glasgow
1994 New Art in Scotland, CCA, Glasgow