"A painting should not end on the canvas. It should encourage viewers to create worlds of their own."
Monte Wright was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, and is now based in Ontario, Canada. He presently works in a Kitchener home studio. He was recently featured as a Modern Master in the New York publication Art in Focus. Since 1962, Monte has shown his work in many private and public galleries, both nationally and internationally. After retirement in 1992, Monte pursued a full-time career in art. His interests continue to vary in scope, from monumental murals to contemporary, abstract art, social issues and computer-generated images. Since 2000 Monte has been exploring a series of digital landscapes. Painter and artiste extraordinaire, Monte herein establishes himself once again as an artistic force to be reckoned with. A powerful painter, Monte’s overture places him with the likes of Lucian Freud and Kandinsky. Yet, while Monte’s works have the swirling energy of many great artists, they also suggest something quite different: the murmuring of numerous voices beneath each layer. The artist’s work has changed greatly over the years, and is seldom simple. He courageously goes beyond the given and familiar, pioneering new techniques and materials in order to expand his own vision. A master of color, Monte is adept in his use of pure colour in his digital prints. He uses soft brown or black to neuter the surrounding cacophony of colors. The artist’s intent is to block out the outside world in order to give the viewer space in which to roam freely. Monte’s work impacts our senses, awakens our emotional memory, and empowers us to see the universe and beyond. He teaches us that a painting should not end on the canvas. It should encourage viewers to create worlds of their own.
Monte Wright is an internationally recognized artist. In 2010 and 2011 his art has been shown in New York, N. Y. ; New Haven Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Florence, Italy; London, England and Argentina.His work is found in many collections throughout Canada and the United States. Example locations are as follows: The Brandon Sun collection in Manitoba; The Fogarty House, Chester, Vermont, U.S.A.; Kitchener Farmers market, Kitchener, Ontario; Creelman Hall, University of Guelph, Ontario; Fellowship of Christian Police officers, Toronto, Ontario; and Tony Flanagan House, Bosham, United Kingdom. Monte’s website is www.monteartist.org.
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist