Monte Wright

monte_picMonte Wright was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, but is based in Ontario, Canada. He presently works in a Kitchener home studio."

Today, Monte Wright is an internationally recognized artist. 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.

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.

Many of his recent projects are exemplars of Monte's penchant for monolithic, eccentric, dynamic forms and bursts of emotion. His art is impulsive but not violent and more seductive than confrontational. Monte's works don't want to assault you, but they suck you into their oceanic swirl, carrying you along for the ride. The magic emerges in the tension between control and spontaneity, and the result is invariably surprising, open-ended, poetic and spiritual.

He explores the series by illustrating the concepts of portraying angels in swirling landscapes of vivid colours. Through all these unique works Monte creates a sense of viewing a new, yet relatable world. His work takes us back to our very beginnings, before written laws, received wisdom and force of habit all but shackled our individual creativity and freedom of expression. At the center of the dense storm of shape and color, he contrasts the extreme movement of the background with the stillness and drama of the figure. While the background can be read as representing past, present or future, the existence of the brilliantly embedded figure signals a rich interior.

A master of color, Monte is equally 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. And, with each and every brushstroke, Monte's work allows us to do just that.

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.