A 20-year retrospective of Cindy Wright's paintings, blending photo-realism with detailed, painterly techniques, featuring her subjects from her immediate environment, transformed into iconic images.
This second edition of the catalog is published as a reprint collecting a selection of paintings from the last 20 years up to 2023, and exists alongside the artist's exhibition part of the INBOX program at MHKA Museum in Antwerp in 2023-2024.
Cindy Wright (born 1972 in Herentals, Belgium) lives and works in Antwerp. She creates large-scale oil paintings on canvas. At first glance the monumental still life paintings appear to be photo-realistic, using the photographic methods of cropping compositions and intense source lighting. But on closer inspection, the range of mark-making and painterly applications become astoundingly apparent. Wright's work echoes the morbid tradition of "vanitas" from the Dutch Old Masters of the 16th and 17th Century. Between beauty and decay, archetypal symbols like the human scull, rotten fruit, raw flesh, and dead animals traditionally represent the transience of life. Within a contemporary context, these symbols may refer to mass consumption or the exploitation of natural resources.
However, this is not essentially the artist's intent. Rather than being shocking or moralising, the images evoke a sense of peacefulness, silence, and fragility. Wright's subjects are taken from her immediate surroundings and are transformed into iconic images for our times.