stuff: ART COLLECTOR ALERT - HERE ARE FIVE KIWI ARTISTS WHO ARE GOING PLACES
10 july 2017
There was a time when abstract expressionist painting was completely out of fashion. So much of it had been done around the world that the style seemed exhausted. Grace Wright is one of a number of young New Zealand artists who are giving gestural painting a new lease of life. Anyone can splash paint around – the challenge is to make art, not a mess.
Wright's sure sense of colour and confident command of her brushes result in paintings that are strong yet seductive, energetic yet balanced and dramatic yet restrained. Everything seems fresh and immediate, not worked over. There is a real sense of depth, drawing you into a tangled wonderland of luscious, organic forms flowing sensually around each other. Both the exterior and interior of the human body are hinted at. Passionate bold colours, applied in dramatic sweeps, are held in tension by grey and sombre tones. These attributes give Wright's work great staying power, engaging the eye afresh at every viewing.