Judith Wright is an established contemporary visual artist who lives and works in Brisbane, Australia. Wright explores the physicality
and emotional characteristics of the human body in her work using a variety of media, including painting, drawing, video,
sculpture, and installation. Wright’s background as a dancer with the Australian Ballet has influenced the way her pieces, whether
literal or abstract, maintain a strong gestural intonation.
Judith Wright has been included in The National 2021: New Australian Art at the Museum of Contemporary Art; 2020 Adelaide Biennial
of Australian Art: Monster Theatres at the Art Gallery of South Australia, Here We Are at the Art Gallery of New South Wales
(2019) and The Lover Circles His Own Heart: MCA Collection at the Museum of Contemporary Art (2019).
Her major installation A Wake was exhibited in Contemporary Australia: Women at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art
(2012) and A Journey was included in the 18th Biennale of Sydney: All Our Relations at the Museum of Contemporary Art (2012).
Her work is held in major public and private collections throughout Australia, including Artbank, the Art Gallery of New South
Wales, the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art and the
Parliament House Collection, as well as in the collection of Kawaguchi Museum of Contemporary Art in Japan.
Judith Wright’s work has the power to surprise and, perhaps, perplex viewers. Wright is known for her severe, near minimalist
works. She is also known as a video artist. Wright joins cool pure abstract statement in an unlikely combination with the noisiest
figurative medium, television. It should not work, but, through a calculated legerdemain, it does. But it is not exclusively through
contrast that Wright achieves her effect, but something more subtle: a twist here, a tweak there, to pull each distinct element into
precarious balance and counterbalance. With a ‘contrapposto’ of media, scale, and surfaces, Wright creates some of Australia’s
most original and compelling works.
– Excerpt from Michael Desmond Essay