Artist in Residence Biography: Ben Wright
Part Cherokee, Ben Wright draws from Native American ceremony, symbolism, and tradition to attain the attributes for which he strives in his Life and in his work: balance, connectivity and spirituality.
Ben uses powerful imagery juxtaposed with intensely bold colors. He combines these two qualities of his work with a sophisticated glazing technique to achieve his impressive creations.
Colors, numbers, and shapes play integral and critical roles within his work. The medicine wheel and the four directions of the wind, in particular, all define aspects of Self and teachings that are vital to the Plain’s Indians traditions.
For example, the colors red, yellow, black and white, in connection with the Medicine Wheel, offer a spiritual and symbolic meaning to his work. Each color symbolizes the directions of the winds and the animal spirit whose attributes reflect its inner being.
His collectors are many and include corporate, museum and private collectors. Southwest Art Magazine, Art Talk and U.S. Art have featured his work.