The photorealism of Cindy Wright’s large-scale portraits and still life paintings can often (perhaps ironically) bleed into abstraction. From a distance, her monumental paintings display snapshot characteristics, like cropped composition and intense single source lighting. However, upon closer inspection, the range of mark making and painterly application becomes astoundingly apparent. The paintings become a perceptual conundrum as an easily recognizable object dissolves into nonrepresentational shapes and brush strokes. Similarly, Wright’s juxtaposition of alluring mimesis and the subtly grotesque alludes to the intricate relationship woven between life and death, latent and manifest. They are conceptually rooted within an artistic tradition that forces the viewer to question the nature of how we read and understand the world, and they yet remain entirely contemporary in their technique. Her subjects are taken from her immediate milieu and are transformed into iconic meditations on our own mortality.
Born in 1972 (Herentals, Belgium), Cindy Wright received her Masters in the Visual Arts in painting from the Royal Academy for Fine Arts, Antwerp (Belgium). She has since earned solo exhibitions in Amsterdam, Brussels, Antwerp, Los Angeles and Las Vegas, and exhibited internationally with group shows in New York, Brussels, Rotterdam, Chicago, Athens, London, Madison and others. Her work can be seen in the public collections of the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation (CA), Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (WI), the West Collection (PA), Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (CA), Las Vegas Art Museum (NV), National Bank of Belgium (Belgium) and the Province