Tim Wright was born and grew up in London, where he continues to live and work. In the mid 1980s he graduated in Fine Art from Middlesex University. His early paintings displayed an interest in the figure and explored its fragmentation through a vigorous painting process. The body, the observed world and their expression through paint continue to assert themselves. His practice has developed along two strands : the portrait and figure painting. Although one informs the other, they are separate and discreet. The portraits are concerned with capturing likeness and expressing personality. The figure painting allows for the exploration of other, broader themes.
Tim Wright has exhibited extensively and his work features in many collections, both in the UK and internationally. Most recently he has had a number of solo exhibitions with Shine Artists in Albemarle Street London, featured in the 2014 BP Portrait Award at The National Portrait Gallery, shown portraits at Petworth House in Sussex and Burgh House in London. He is represented by Pontone Gallery, London.
He has a long experience of teaching and lecturing. He worked as a fine art lecturer at most of the principal London art colleges, particularly Chelsea School of Art, Middlesex University and The Motley Theatre Design School. He continues to teach courses in painting at his studio in London.
From 2011 until 2013 he was engaged as painting consultant on the Mike Leigh directed film ‘Mr Turner’. He taught the actor Timothy Spall to paint, in order for him to prepare for the role, and, when filming began, advised him and other actors on set. This was a an immersive process which lasted for over two years.
In his figure paintings he investigates several themes. Over recent years he has explored ideas about how people present themselves, how groups interact, notions of stillness and display, and the clothed and unclothed. His current paintings, ‘Figures in a Sylvan Setting’, present contemporary nude figures referencing mythological encounters.