Clifton Wright has pursued portraiture for several years, working in response to family albums, magazine pictures, characters from science fiction and popular culture. From the beginning (he started making portraits in the Intoart studio in 2007) the faces in his drawing have been woven into and enmeshed with tessellations of abstract shapes.
‘The face is the most important part of the body, if you get the face right the rest will pretty much follow. It is the shapes in the face and the colours in the face that tell me what the drawing is going to be. My work is more about that abstract stuff than who the person is - a face is the starting point, but the point is the picture. I use the structure of how things slot in to the face, like a jigsaw puzzle.’ (Clifton Wright)
Clifton Wright has exhibited extensively he most recently contributed two portraits to ‘CLOSE: Drawn Portraits’ at the Drawing Room, London 2018. Selected group exhibitions include ‘See Revolutionary Art Exhibit’ at Whitechapel Gallery, SV12 Members Show -Studio Voltaire, Fashioning Space – Victoria & Albert Museum and internationally at MAD Musée Liège, Belgium.