We are pleased to announce the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada has purchased two major works from the series Illuminated Landscapes by PMG artist Andrew Wright. Foreign Affairs Canada selected the large-format photographs "White Pines" and "Go Home Bay" as part of the art collection to be installed in the Canada House revitalization project. The photographs will be on display in the Embassy's public reception rooms when the refurbishment is completed.
Standing on the west side of Trafalgar Square, in the heart of London, Canada House is home to the High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom and is Canada's oldest diplomatic post. As the most visible symbol of Canada in London, Canada House offers a window into Canadian culture through special events, conferences, film screenings, and exhibitions of both historical and contemporary fine art.
Andrew Wright's artistic practice is multifarious and is characterized by breadth as much as it is by depth. Central to his inquiries are lens-based technologies and photographic techniques. In Illuminated Landscapes, Wright's images of pines, boulders and rock use artificial light to reconstruct a sense of the staged, the protected, the artificial and the segregated. The artist's objects and settings, both living and inanimate, are presented as pre-formed, illuminated and plastic. By the simple addition of artificial light into so-called natural and even remote locales, his images encourage a reconsideration of existing space that is both disconcerting and beautiful. They posit nature as a series of vistas constructed solely for the eyes, designed to be consumed and knowable within the bright glow of highly controlled illumination.
Wright's work has appeared in exhibitions across Canada, Spain, Germany, the U.S., and the U.K. Essays, reviews, and illustrated discourses have appeared in publications such as Canadian Art, Border Crossings, PREFIX PHOTO, The National Post, and the Globe and Mail. His works are in private and corporate collections, as well as in the collections of the Canada Council Art Bank, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Ernst & Young, Royal Bank of Canada, and Museums London. He has been nominated for the Sobey Art Award five times and was a semi-finalist in 2007. He has a Master's of Fine Arts, Concentration in Sculpture, Photography and Installation, from the University of Windsor; an Honours Bachelor of Art, Visual Art and Art History, from the University of Toronto; and a Diploma in Studio Art from Sheridan College.
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