Hieroglyphics of the Face, Block 336, 2022

‘Hieroglyphics of the Face’ an exhibition of drawn portraits by Clifton Wright at Block 336, London. Working prolifically for over fifteen years, the exhibition includes a selection of drawings made from 2017 to 2020. Wright works from life and draws the people around him. Whilst his models may be close friends he has known for many years, he does not make traditional portraits. Instead he uses the face as a starting point, a framework to be considered, abstracted and reorganised. The features of the face become symbols that hang together in new formal arrangements.

Find out more about the exhibition HERE

Block 336 | 336 Brixton Road | London | SW9 7AA

Clifton Wright, Close: Drawn Portraits, 2018–19, The Drawing Room, London (installation view)
Clifton Wright, Close: Drawn Portraits, 2018–19, The Drawing Room, London (installation view)
Clifton Wright, Close: Drawn Portraits, 2018–19, The Drawing Room, London (installation view)
Clifton Wright, Close: Drawn Portraits, 2018–19, The Drawing Room, London (installation view)
Clifton Wright, Close: Drawn Portraits, 2018–19, The Drawing Room, London (installation view)
Clifton Wright, Close: Drawn Portraits, 2018–19, The Drawing Room, London (installation view)
Clifton Wright, Close: Drawn Portraits, 2018–19, The Drawing Room, London (installation view)

Close: Drawn Portraits, 2018–19

Drawing Room London, 22 November 2018 – 3 February 2019

Mounira Al Solh, Frank Auerbach, Paul Cézanne, Virginia Chihota, Lucian Freud, Dryden Goodwin, Barbara Hepworth, David Hockney, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Horst Janssen, Claudette Johnson, Michael Landy, Maria Lassnig, Joyce Pensato, Deanna Petherbridge, Francis Picabia, Pablo Picasso, Paula Rego, Nicola Tyson, Jessica Voorsanger and Clifton Wright.

Bringing together historic figures such as Ingres, Picasso and Hepworth, and recent and contemporary artists including Lassnig, Hockney and Landy, this exhibition reveals intimate encounters between artists and their subjects over the past 200 years. Remarkable drawn portraits, rarely seen, sit beside those made today, and demonstrate drawing’s enduring ability to bring characters to life.

Full Catalogue of the exhibition published by Drawing Room London. Read a text on Clifton Wright by Kate MacFarlane here.

Verovisation, MAD Musee Belgium, 2011

An exhibition and series of events at MADmusée, Liège, Belgium. Verovisation including a large series of portrait drawings by Wright displayed unframed arranged over two walls. The exhibition was accompanied by presentations by Clifton Wright about the development of his drawing practice.