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Wall Drawing

December 11, 2009


The Turner Prize was won this week by Richard Wright, a painter who creates his images directly upon the walls of the gallery, providing them with a finite life span – that of the duration of the exhibition. The work that sealed the deal at Tate Britain was Wright’s enormous abstract fresco no title, a kind of rococo riot in gold leaf.
This is the second time in recent years that a wall-painting has won a major UK art prize, after Toby Paterson was awarded the Becks Futures prize in 2002, for an at the ICA exhibition that featured a 69ft long wall painting inspired by his encounters with urban architecture as a skateboarder. And not yet a prize-winner, but no doubt with his fingers crossed for 3-in-a-row, will be Philippe Decrauzat, a Swiss multimedia artist, whose wall paintings feature in publisher Gestalten’s recent book on contemporary abstract art and design, Neo Geo.

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