richard wright :: turner prize winner 2009

Richard Wright, who studied at Edinburgh college of art and lives in Glasgow, is one of those artists a lot of people just will not get. It’s their loss – his work has evolved to become highly graphic yet ultra-detailed – a beautiful contradiction, for the sake of beauty. More of that then please – I think Carol Ann Duffy got it.

Plus, he’s not trying to push a personality or get himself on some bonehead celeb’s walls – a relief after all the YBA histrionics of the past decade.

Everyone will now know about how the works, once their time and space are up, are usually painted over by a gallery technician with a can of matt white emulsion. So here’s something different – him playing guitar with the group Correcto, a spinoff of Franz Ferdinand – he’s the one on the left playing the Telecaster.