Don Wright

(1938-2007)

Don Wright was a native of Shreveport, Louisiana, and although he remained a resident of Louisiana, he was quite well traveled. After graduating from Franklin High School in 1957, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served until 1961. Following his military days, Wright joined an exploratory seismographic company that allowed him to experience the glaciers of Alaska and Canada, the beaches of the Bahamas, and most of the terrain between them.

While with the seismographic company, his interest in art began to grow. At the age of 24, Don Wright began attending classes at Southeastern Louisiana University. After completing his BA, he was accepted to an MFA program at the Pratt Institute of New York. He finished the Pratt Institute in 1970 with an emphasis in painting, drawing, and, what he would later call his favorite medium, sculpture.

Like most established Louisiana artists, he became known for his paintings of rural landscapes and of the old Vieux Carre, His style of painting is always unmistakable, but it can be found in subjects ranging from swamps to nudes and courtyards to cabins. In his own words, Wright said of his art: “My intent is to infuse internal reality within the artist with outside stimuli, the product being the finished art object. I deliberately subordinate all questions of style, technique, subject, and medium to this simple credo.”

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