Truly a rare bird in the artworld, Mitchell Wright has been working privately for years to develop this masterful body of work -- his buttery, sensitive, carefully wrought paintings are nothing short of epic. Built through the application of seemingly endless layers of paint (and the fundamentals of paint), his additive process leans towards the architectural. Demarcating and defining planes of space, Wrights paintings harken to an ancient civilization, tomb or ziggurat hung on the wall. Toying with light and shadow, Wright’s work is as enchanting and light as it is somber and reflective, offering the viewer a zen-like space for meditation.
His drawings and less dimensional work appear to melt away -- ink and paint play with absorption, staining or sitting on the surface, alluding to, or even beckoning erosion. Unlike many abstract artists in generations prior, Mitchell’s monochromatic paintings are generous and utterly sincere. In cadence with the likes of Mark Rothko or James Turrell, Wright is in search of the sublime and transports his viewers via the pure and inexplicable sensation of color and light. Experiencing his work is phenomenological like reaching your destination after a long journey that you didn’t even know you were on. You just ‘get it’. This is minimal work at its finest.
Mitchell Wright was born in Mississippi and lives and works in Brooklyn. He has exhibited with Brennan & Griffin (LES), Sardine (Brooklyn), Santa Barbara Contemporary Art Museum (CA), VCU Fine Arts Gallery (Richmond, VA), as well as Daily Operation, White Columns and Cinders Gallery (all Manhattan). Wright promotes emerging art in an artist run space called 106 Green, located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.