Sculptor and teacher, born in Chester, but brought up in Cardiff, moving to Yorkshire in 1937. Wright read for a degree in modern languages at Oxford University and trained as a teacher before he became interested in modern art, the paintings of Cézanne and sculpture of Henry Moore. He taught at several places in England before teaching at York Art School, 1949–54. Although at that time he made wood-carvings and cast lead sculptures based on the human figure, most of Wright’s work was not directly representational. Plant life and the idea of organic growth were key elements in his work, which he produced as a freelance from 1955. In 1957 he won the Ricardo da Silvera Acquisition Prize at São Paulo Biennale and from 1961–4 he was Gregory Fellow in Sculpture at Leeds University.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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