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Diablo Canyon III
Artist: Michael Wright
Price: $3,700.00
Medium: Painting
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Creation Date: 2016
Materials: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 20" x 16" x 1"
About the Item: Michael Wright lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Initially drawn to the area by its natural beauty and family ties, Wright moved his studio to Santa Fe in 1986. The paintings in this exhibition are largely from the Diablo Canyon series which depicts a rocky gorge just outside of the city. On the Canyon, Wright states, “There is a variety of forms there and you can always find something different…there would be cliffs there and a very dramatic landscape… I would go into the canyons and pick something, anything I saw to start with…and if I'm in the right mental state where I'm not thinking about anything, really and just working through instinct that's when I usually turn out good things.” After a studio visit with the vibrant 92 year old artist, Susan Eley writes of the Diablo Canyon works: “He paints the landscape with thick, impasto brushstrokes in warm red, orange, terracotta, and green…The imagery is abstracted, yet as entirely identifiable as specific locations in this unique part of the American Southwest…Wright has painted for many decades and has been influenced by a myriad of mid-century abstractionists. It would be difficult to assert that his practice was not influenced by some aspects of every major art movement of the latter half of the 20th century…These works capture Wright’s particular story to tell about a few of the places where he has lived and loved.”
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