Ian Wright works mainly to commission, for publications which have included The New Yorker, The Sunday Times, Wired, Fader and Creative Review, or for clients such as Issey Miyake, Saks Fifth Avenue, Givenchy and Bjork. Wright is one of a new wave of illustrators who emerged with the birth of style magazines in the 80s, spearheaded by Neville Brody with London’s The Face, with whom Wright shared a studio.
Since his early portrait of Grandmaster Flash, made entirely with salt to replicate cocaine as a reference to the seminal rap track, ‘White Lines’, Wright has continued to experiment with unexpected materials: a portrait of soul singer Angela Davis rendered in mascara wands; a large-scale Chairman Mao in Chinese silk-covered badges.
‘Playfulness is important to me; I’m motivated by trying to push my work somewhere new. Somewhere else. Really, I’m interested in what could be. I sometimes reach that point by making mistakes and generally misusing technology and I often arrive at solutions by accident. I prefer to let the materials I use influence the outcome. I especially enjoy making portraits and I’m excited by the process of collaboration. I love conversation. I’m obsessed by music. I’m looking forward to what happens next.’ Ian Wright
2007 The Design Museum, London
2007 Agnes B Libarie Gallery, Hong Kong
2006 22nd International Biennale of Graphic Design, Czech Republic