Neill Wright is a multidisciplinary artist based in Johannesburg, South Africa. His satirical work braves the world of social commentary in a bold, colourful and humorous manner. Wright explores various mediums, such as sculpture, printmaking and painting as modes of expression, drawing inspiration from the interconnected worlds of media, popular culture, politics and societal interactions in an attempt to create panoramic views of current issues, hardships, complexities and paradoxes present within South African and to some extent African society as a whole. Through highlighting the absurdities of a collectively experienced ‘everyday’, his work subverts the tragic, placing the viewer in a space where they are confronted by opposing feelings: the melancholic reality and the ironic hilarity of his compositions. BIOGRAPHY In 2007, Neill graduated with distinction for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art (Honours), at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, where he was co-awarded the Simon Gerson Prize for an outstanding body of work. In 2009, he graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art, majoring in printmaking. In 2013, Wright was named one of the ten emerging South African artists to watch by The Times, and he has exhibited in a number of group and solo shows as well as at numerous South African and International Art fairs. His works are housed in private collections in Europe, the United States, Australia and South Africa. SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2018 Buzzard Head, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg 2016 Wilderness, CIRCA on Jellicoe, Johannesburg 2015 The Atrophy and the Ecstasy, Sulger-Buel Lovell, Cape Town 2013 The Hilarity of Reality, Circa on Jellicoe, Johannesburg Spectacular but Empty, The Lovell Gallery, Cape Town 2011 Protect Your Roots, Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection, Cape Town SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2017 Spectrum, CIRCA, Johanneburg Off the wall: A group sculpture exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg 2015 Bronze Steel Stone, Everard Read & Circa, Johannesburg 2014 Liberation un(masked), Sulger-Buel Lovell, London 2013-14 Summer of Sculpture, Mount Nelson Hotel, Everard Read, Cape Town 2013 Whack! Gallery In Toto, Johannesburg 2011 Summer Salon, Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection, Cape Town TLG Competition Winners, The Lovell Gallery, Cape Town Winter Salon, Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection, Cape Town 2010 Out Of Africa, Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection, Cape Town SELECTED ART FAIRS 2019 FNB Joburg Art Fair, Everard Read booth 2018 FNB Joburg Art Fair, Everard Read booth 2016 FNB Joburg Art Fair, Everard Read booth Cape Town Art Fair, CTICC, Cape Town 2015 Turbine Art Fair, Sulger-Buel Lovell, Johannesburg 2014 FNB Joburg Art Fair, Lovell Urban booth, Johannesburg Turbine Art Fair, Lovell Contemporary, Johannesburg Cape Town Art Fair, Salon91 Contemporary, Cape Town 2013 Art For Me, Lovell Gallery, Cape Town Sydney Contemporary, Australia FNB Joburg Art Fair, Lovell Gallery booth, Johannesburg Turbine Hall Art fair, Lovell Gallery, Johannesburg Standard Bank National Arts Festival, Grahamstown 2012 FNB Joburg Art Fair, Everard Read booth, Johannesburg
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