An uplifting light contrasted with a mysterious darkness. Joel Wright’s expressive dream-like paintings have been described as “celestial” and “ethereal“. His experimental approach and attention to painting in the moment motivated by a creative enjoyment. That gives a great array of diversity in style, mediums and subjects. Still there is an energetic presence is Wright’s work that carries through in every work.
Wright paints oil paintings on linen, paper, canvas and wood substrates. Watercolor on paper and water media on canvas are mediums Wright also uses to express his artwork. Wright will on occasional present screen printing, ceramic sculpture or mixed media sculptures in addition to his paintings. Wright doesn’t limit himself to any one medium but sees them as branches of the same tree.
Wright doesn’t find comfort or identity with a particular genre or style but embraces abstraction, non-subjective, expressionism, and surrealism. Wright’s Zen approach to painting is an attempt to become centered before painting from a deep inward place from beyond the structural mind.
Wright loves to see a the viewers emotionally charged experiences when they connect to a particular piece. It’s like to pieces pick the people. Wright often receives requests for commissioned artwork and enjoys that interaction.
Joel Wright was born in 1975 in Texarkana, Tx and is a self taught artist.
The creative process is an expression of allowing things to happen as they will. There is freedom in painting without expectations of a particular outcome. I’ve discovered in my own experiences that minimal involvement or interference from excessive thinking is needed.
The inner critic is silenced. That creates an endless space for enjoyment. Anything that I would want is not better than what will happen naturally. There still exists a duality between allowing and effort because the paintings don’t paint themselves. I do like to get as close to an organically evolving process as possible because that is where the magic is for me.
I’ve found watercolor or water media painting to be the most expressive of this “going with the flow” approach to painting and life. Watercolor is the most spontaneous and unpredictable with the techniques that I use. There will always be unexpected events that lend to unplanned occurrences that are sometimes more interesting than a rigid structure of over planning.
Oil painting for me is an opportunity to contrast flowing paint with knife painted texture and building up of layers. The depth of oil painting is best combined with surrealistic and metaphysical subjects and compositions. I like to experiment with various substrates other than canvas for oil painting at times.
I find influence and beauty in traditional compositions and subjects like animals, landscapes, still life and portraits but with a dreamlike filter of surrealism. There is a chance that this seemingly personal experience of reality is somewhat the collective dream of one higher consciousness and to overlook that is not possible once it becomes clear.
“The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao; The name that can be named is not the eternal name. The nameless is the beginning of heaven and earth. The named is the mother of ten thousand things.” Lao Tzu – Tao Te Ching
The more I compartmentalize my artwork with names and definitions of what it is I do then less real it is. The reality of the artwork then takes place inside the viewer. If fact there is no artwork outside the viewers mind.
Creativity itself can take any form, any solution to a problem, every expression of the heart. I place my attention on the source of the creativity itself and the manifestation of that is a natural refining of the subtle energy inside it.
The artist is inside each one of us if we have the sufficient awareness to first recognize, then appreciate the beauty of each piece of art. The artwork is an anchor point to the inner being. The purpose and meaning then to reach the interconnectedness of the viewers.