Michael Wright, Post grad Dip, Fine Art Sculpture (Royal Academy Schools) MA by Res (University of Hertfordshire) HE Fellow, is Senior Lecturer on the MA Fine Art Programme, Faculty of Creative Arts at the University of Hertfordshire UK
Wright’s practice has developed through a long standing preoccupation with drawing, sculpting and painting from observation, through a concern to visually articulate the processes of perception and the psychological complexity which is present to the process. Wright’s understanding is that perception is inexorably bound to cultural, subconscious and subjective process of imaginative interpretation and projection.
Following undertaking an MA by Research in 2001 entitled 'Drawing, processes of conceptual modelling of landscape space' there was a significant and necessary shift to a more phenomenological approach, extending the drawing based practice into an exploration of digital and film based media, recording the projection and movement of the gaze through a subject space. In particular Wright is interested in the kinaesthetic reading of movement, by which we imaginatively and empathetically read both actual and inferred movement in the body, the environment and plastic art works. Observation in this kinaesthetic sense is not solely the representation of appearance or symbolic representation but rather the graphic or cinematic trace of consciousness as it moves through space, reading and interpreting the weight, rhythm and movement of form and the movement of the interpretative gaze. Drawing from this perspective of understanding is a performative process of touch and mobility of mark making which in turn is a visual record of the analytical and empathetic projection of the gaze.
Wright exhibits internationally and has collaborated with the Dutch concrete artist Henriëtte van 't Hoog since 2006, creating experimental arrangements of photography and video projections in installations. Their collaborative works are exhibited under the name of ‘Wright & Van ’t Hoog’ They have collaborated with the British pianist Philip Mead who has created Musical compositions based on using Wright & Van ’t Hoog's visual compositions as a score.
Wright is a member since 2014 of the Munich based 'Rhythm Section' group led br Oleksiy Koval. Wright has exhibited with the 'Rhythm Section' group in Istanbul 2017,18, 20. Munich 2017,18, London 2016, 2017, Amsterdam 2016,17,18, 19, Odessa 2015, Tiblisi 2014 and in China 2019.
Wright has acted as consultant on publications for Dorling Kindersley in association with the Royal Academy of Arts and authored a number of arts publications on fine art media and digital photography.
Tutor Fine Art
University of Hertfordshire
School of Creative Arts
17th May 1955 Hertfordshire
1973 Foundation Studies. St. Albans school of Art and Design.
1976 BA HONS Fine Art. Sculpture
Liverpool Polytechnic. Faculty of Fine Art .
1979 Post graduate diploma. Sculpture.
Royal Academy Schools of Art. Awarded Bronze and Silver Medals
1988 Teaching Diploma in Further Education.
2001 MA Res. Title: ‘Drawing’ Conceptual models of Landscape.
2012 Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
1982 -83 Fine Art Lecturer. Short courses
St. Albans school of Art and Design.
1983 -92 Fine Art Lecturer. Foundation studies
St. Albans school of Art and Design.
1984 - 86 Fine Art Painting Lecturer BA Hons Fine Art
Liverpool polytechnic, School of Art.
1987 - 88 Course Co-ordinator Foundation studies St. Albans school of Art and Design.
1991 Full time appointment Senior Lecturer University of Hertfordshire.
1988 - 93 Course Leader Certificate of Higher Education
in Art and Design. BA. Hons in Art and Design. University of Herfordshire.
1993 - 8 Programme Leader BA Hons Fine Art. University of Hertfordshire.
1998- 2008 Deputy Programme Leader Fine Art
2008 – 2013 Co Programme Leader Fine Art
2013-2017 Programme Leader BA Hons Fine Art. University of Hertfordshire
2018-2019 Co Programme Leader Fine Art
.5 tutor MA and BA hons fine art programmes, Year group leader L4
1996-2000 London Guildhall University
2000- 2003 Wirral Metropolitan John Moores University
2000- 2003 University college Ripon and York St. Johns