NEILL WRIGHT

BIOGRAPHY

Artist Biography


Neill Wright is a multidisciplinary artists based in Johannesburg, South Africa. His bold, multi-layered and colourful work braves the world of social commentary through a variety of mediums including painting, printmaking and sculpture. He draws inspiration from the interconnected worlds of media, popular culture, politics and societal interactions in an attempt to create panoramic views of current issues, hardships, complexities and paradoxes present within South African and to a large extent, our global society as a whole.
In 2007 Neill graduated with distinction to the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art (Honours), at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town where he was co-awarded the Simon Gerson Prize for an outstanding body of work. In 2009 he graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art, majoring in printmaking. In 2013 Wright was named one of the 10 emerging South African artists to watch by The Times, and he has exhibited in a number of group and solo exhibitions as well as at numerous South African and International Art fairs. His works are housed in private collections in Europe, the United States, Australia and South Africa.


Solo Exhibitions
1. Wilderness, CIRCA on Jellicoe, Johannesburg, April 2016
2. The Atrophy and the Ecstasy, Sulger-Buel Lovell, Cape Town, February 2015
3. The Hilarity of Reality, Circa on Jellicoe, Johannesburg, June 2013
4. Spectacular but Empty, The Lovell Gallery, Cape Town, November 2012
5. Protect Your Roots, Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection, Cape Town, February 2011


Selected Groups Exhibitions
1. Now, Sulger-Buel Lovell, London, April 2017
2. Bronze Steel Stone, Everard Read & Circa, Johannesburg, South Africa, November 2015
3. Liberation un(masked), Sulger-Buel Lovell, London, November 2014
4. Everard Read Cape Town Summer of Sculpture, Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa, November 2013 - April 2014
5. Whack!, Gallery In Toto, Johannesburg, South Africa, March 2013
6. Summer Salon, Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection, Cape Town, South Africa, December 2011
7. TLG Competition Winners, The Lovell Gallery, Cape town, South Africa, August 2011


Selected Art Fairs
1. Cape Town Art Fair, CTICC, Sulger-Buel Lovell booth, Cape Town, South Africa, February 2017
2. FNB Joburg Art Fair, Everard Read booth, Johannesburg, South Africa, September 2017
3. Turbine Art Fair, Sulger-Buel Lovell, Johannesburg, South Africa, July 2017
4. FNB Joburg Art Fair, Everard Read booth, Johannesburg, South Africa, September 2016
5. Cape Town Art Fair, CTICC, Sulger-Buel Lovell booth, Cape Town, South Africa, February 2016
6. Sydney Contemporary, Everard Read booth, Australia, September 2013


Awards
1. Co-awarded the Simon Gerson Prize for an outstanding body of work, graduating with distinction at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, UCT, 2007.
2. Winner of the Lovell Tranyr Art Trophy 2011.
3. Listed, in The Times, as one of the top 10 emerging South African artists to watch, 2014.
For more information and/or images, please contact Megan Scott at megan@everard.co.za or 011 788 4805