New Artist Ben Wright
Jun 27, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Blue Rain Gallery Welcomes Painter Ben Wright
Award-Winning Contemporary Native American Artist Added to Gallery’s Offering
Santa Fe, New Mexico. July 2, 2007 – Blue Rain Gallery, a premier contemporary Native American art gallery, today announced the addition of Ben Wright to their core of elite artists.
Wright draws on his Cherokee roots to depict the historical forces, namely the beliefs and mysticism, of the North American Indian tribes. Striving for “balance, connectivity, and spirituality” in his life and his work, Wright relies on colors, numbers, and shapes to define his art. Of particular prominence are the medicine wheel and four directions of the wind which guide many of the traditions of the Plain’s Indians that come alive in his contemporary work.
“I have been able to explore the depths of the ancient Plains cultures,” said Wright. “Both visually and psychologically, this knowledge has shown me that the beliefs and guidance of the old ways still very much apply today.”
Wright’s bold work is part of many corporate, museum and private collections including those of Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris. He was honored by serving as the first artist-in-residence at the Frederic Remington Museum in Ogdensburg, New York. Wright is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara and the San Francisco Academy of Art.
“Ben’s work blends powerful imagery and bold colors to present the viewer with a starkly modern perspective of traditional Native scenes,” said Leroy Garcia, owner of Blue Rain Gallery. “Showcasing his innovative work is an honor for Blue Rain Gallery.”
Blue Rain Gallery will be presenting a show of their two newest artists, Wright and painter Gerald Cournoyer, on Friday, July 7, 2007, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at their Santa Fe gallery located at 130 Lincoln Avenue.
About Blue Rain Gallery
Blue Rain Gallery is a pre-eminent contemporary Native American gallery featuring an extraordinary collection of pueblo pottery, paintings, bronze sculpture, glass art, jewelry, kachinas and fiber arts. With locations in Taos and Santa Fe, NM, Blue Rain Gallery welcomes art collectors, aficionados, and enthusiasts from across the globe. For more information on Blue Rain Gallery, please visit www.blueraingallery.com.
Contact: Janet Caldwell-Cannedy,
Communications Director, Blue Rain Gallery
Phone: 800.414.4893 or 505.751.0066
High res images and interviews with the artist
are available upon request.