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About 

From a rewarding career in fine art encompassing international awards and works in private and public collections, to the corporate world of retail advertising, and briefly academia, my passion for creative and intellectual inquiry has been channeled on many levels. I hold a Master of Art degree in art history, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and drawing.

My internationally registered trademark states: Art takes many forms… It inspires, decorates, comforts and communicates - but most importantly, art indulges our senses and enriches our soul ®.  

Currently I live and work in Jim Thorpe, PA where my art practice explores a variety of mediums, privileging acrylics on canvas or wood, stemming from my earlier interest in egg tempera. I am particularly attracted to acrylic paints for their water soluble, opaque properties that offer the freedom to layer colours more quickly. I am also proficient in traditional printmaking techniques, such as etching (aquaforte and aquatint hand pulled off zinc plate), and lithography (hand-pulled off limestone tablet), but equipment access restrictions limit my output. 

Awards

2022 
FIRST PLACE in PORTRAITURE for miniature painting "Oliver" awarded by the Miniature Art Society of Florida (MASF) at the 47th Annual International Miniature Art Show, held at the Dunedin Fine Art Center in Dunedin, FL. 

THIRD PLACE in PORTRAITURE (the John Thompson Memorial Award) for miniature painting "Afternoon Tea" at the 89th Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature, awarded by the Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, DC (MPSGS), held at the Mansion at Strathmore Museum in North Bathesda, MD

PARTICIPATED IN THE VENICE ART BIENNALE 2022. I was one of ten international artists whose works were selected by the jury to be displayed at the Tana Art Space in Venice, Italy, during the 
59th edition of the Venice Art Biennale. My painting "Fragile Assertion" was showcased to a multitude of international visitors from May 1 to July 31, 2022. The Art Biennale is one of the largest and most important cultural events in the world dedicated to showcasing contemporary visual art in its many forms.

2021 
FIRST PLACE in ACRYLIC for miniature painting "Destiny" awarded by the Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, DC (MPSGS) at the 88th Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature. Event held at the Mansion at Strathmore Museum in North Bathesda, MD.

2020 
SECOND PLACE in ACRYLIC (the Janet Treacy Award) for miniature portrait “Sophie” awarded by the Miniature Art Society of Florida (MASF) at the 45th Annual International Miniature Art Show, awarded and held at the Dunedin Fine Art Center in Dunedin.

2018 
THIRD PLACE in PORTRAITURE (the John Thompson Memorial Award) for miniature painting “Serenity” awarded by the Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, DC (MPSGS) at the 85th International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature. Event  held at the Mansion at Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD. 

2021
Interviewed on the USA Public Television Blue Ridge Cable 13 (BRC13 TV). Carbon County, PA, covering my solo art exhibition at the Dimmick Memorial Library in Jim Thorpe, PA.

2018 
Interviewed on the USA Public Television Blue Ridge Cable 13 (BRC13 TV). Carbon County, PA, during the opening reception of my solo art exhibition at the Dimmick Memorial Library in Jim Thorpe, PA. 

2014
Painting "That Fleeting Moment Captured" was shortlisted to only 4,000 semi-finalists out of 12,000 international applicants by the Royal Academy of Arts (RA) in London, UK, for the prestigious 246th International Annual Summer Art Exhibition held at the RA since the 1700s. 

2014
Published a book on architecture 
Seduced by Form: Aesthetics of Spectacle in Contemporary Art Museum Architecture available today in digital and printed formats worldwide where academic publications are sold.
Second edition printed in 2021.
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/seduced-by-form-yvonne-nowicka-wright/1139498381

Paintings

My language of visualization often draws on the legacy of Surrealism, where fantasy and pastiche play an integral part.  My often small in size paintings acquire a unique relationship with the viewers, revealing themselves more intimately at closer inspection. 

MMXX - Disquiet Earth

Acrylic on Canvas 20" x 16"

Work symbolically articulates my feelings about a world of darkening skies, forever changed by the global pandemic in 2020. Menacing clouds indicate an Earth in distress; disquieted and motionless, as if a pause-button has activated a perpetual stillness. Only the natural world thrives, freed from human interference, as represented by the bird,  while the old fashioned spectacles precariously perched at the edge of the shelf symbolize our most vulnerable and hard hit population, the elderly.

The Parity of Values

Acrylic on Canvas. 12" x 16"

Painting narrates the wisdom of keeping balance between materialistic, worldly aspects of life... and non-material, non tangible values. 

The Huntress

Acrylic on Solid Wood Board 14" x 11"

Inspired by a mythical deity Artemis, this work appropriates the codes of mythology while reinventing them.
The huntress personifies the idea of nature as a life force, which manifests itself often in conquest, and in the practice of hunting. Artemis’s vital power can bring forth new life as much as it can destroy it.

The 4th of July

Acrylic on Masonite Board 12" x 9"

The loosely painted, almost sketchy in its execution areas of the painting contrast with the work's otherwise careful rendition. The idea was to weave a historic event into contemporary times and realities in a dreamy-like narrative to suggest an unfinished, ongoing dialogue.

Strip

Acrylic on Masonite Board 9" x 12"

The peeling back of the face's outer
layer reveals symbolically a stark
contrast between one's public persona and the concealed, true self - the projected serenity versus inner turmoil.

Noblesse Oblige

Acrylic on Masonite Board 8.5" x 12" 

Inspired by Piero di Cosimo's portrait of Simonetta  Vespucci (1490), and the idea of 'privilege'. This surrealistic half-bird portrait is designed in a shape of a letter "S" to indicate Success. Various props, starting from the bottom up, allude to the way it was achieved (from poor to riches) as a satirical commentary.

Penelope

Acrylic on Masonite Board 12" x 8.5"

In Homer's Odyssey, Penelope was the faithful wife of the king Odysseus of Ithaca (also known as Ulysses) who was one of the Greek rulers participating in the Trojan War. The scene depicts a tender moment of meeting between Odysseus and Penelope after twenty years of being apart. Both much older now and life-weary, Odysseus tenderly touches Penelope's hand in a gesture of greeting and an assurance of time-tested love.

Grey-on-grey Still life with
an Art Deco Pot

Acrylic on Canvas 10" x 8"

There is an undeniable beauty, and a quiet melancholy about old dishes and pots. As silent witnesses to customs that once enriched peoples' lives and now void of purpose, they enter a new relm of existence as objects of art. This composition is part of my grey-on-grey series, where sense of harmony and an  aesthetic balance is achieved through restricted, monochromatic palette.

Nocturne

Acrylic on ClayBoard 4" x 4"

Inspired by a piano recital, this work is about music and its atmospheric projections of sounds and acoustics that touch our soul.

Fragile Assertion

Acrylic on Masonite Board 8.5"x11.5"

Wrestling with the conscience, this surreal take on female Hamlet alludes to a person caught between hesitation, fear and determination.

Work was displayed at the Tana Art Space in Venice, during the 59th edition ofVenice Art Biennale 2022 - one of Europe's most prestigious cultural events. 

Work featured in the September 2022 issue of the Jim Thorpe Current. https://jimthorpecurrent.com/arts-music/jim-thorpe-artist-in-italy-yvonne-wright/

Innocence Lost

Acrylic on Canvas 20" x 16"

Works narrates the psychological implications of life in isolation, the cognitive anxiety and the bewilderment of it all - as globally experienced during the Pandemic lock-downs. And while protective social isolation puts our lives on hold, it does not eliminate from our minds the dread of an immediate danger (signified by the rat)…

Professor Dapper

Acrylic on Canvas 12" x 16"

Work connotes the idea of looking neat and trim in appearance, very spruce and stylish, alert and lively in manners… a chic man. Painting inspired by one of my university professors, known to be a particularly sharp dresser

Destiny

Acrylic on Masonite Board  4" x 4"

Reflecting on life's mysteries that unfold before us, uncertain where the path leads.
FIRST PLACE in ACRYLIC at the 88th International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature, awarded by the Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society
of Washington, DC (MPSGS). 2021

Great Spirit Rising

Acrylic on Canvas 16"x12"

The subject matter deals with environmental issues such as pollution and our stewardship of the earth. Inspired by the Indigenous peoples believes that the day of nature's retribution is coming when Great Spirit reclaims its hold on the earth.

In the Absence of a Dream

Acrylic on Masonite Board 12.5" x 10" 

The reality of one's circumstances, the acceptance of the status quo has created a life of permeating despair that overshadows future possibilities, rendering them irrelevant, hence the skull.

The 3rd of May 

Acrylic on Masonite Board 10" x 12"

A surrealist homage to the Spanish painter Francesco Goya. Incorporated into the woman’s fan is a fragment of Goya's famous painting "The 3rd of May" which references a significant event in Spanish history during Napoleonic wars.

That Fleeting Moment Captured

Acrylic on Masonite Board 9" x 12"

The painting's title alludes to the 
fleeting and temporal characteristics of the modern. The 'now' is restless and ever transient in urban environments. This w
ork was  SHORTLISTED to only 4,000 semi-finalists out of 12,000 international applicants by the prestigious Royal Academy of Arts (RA) in London, UK for their 246th Annual Summer Art Exhibition held by the RA since the 1700s. 2014

Drawings

The technique applied privileges the narrative of the line; a style of calculated precision that aims at conveying a particular story. 

Breaking Out

Lithograph Hand-pulled off Limestone by the artist

The idea of leaving, sometimes forcefully, a place, situation or a state
of mind that confines one to misery or discomfort. Finding a way out through a psychological or sometimes physical strain. Inspired by David Bowie’s music.

Between Dream and Reality

Lithograph Hand-pulled off Limestone

The world of fashion industry and its culture of make-believe is interpreted here as a contemporary Pygmalion story. The artist falls in love with his/her own creation.

Tête-à-tête with Botticelli

Pen and India Ink on Paper

Inspired by Botticelli's work circa 1480, this drawing is a humorous take on the realities of contemporary, representational art forever indebted to and dwarfed by the legacy of great masters, alluding to the performative aspects of one's identity and how it transcends contemporary aesthetics.

Work featured in the Jim Thorpe Current November 2018 issue. https://jimthorpecurrent.com/arts-music/artist-spotlight-yvonne-wright/

Jealousy

Pen and India Ink on Paper

It's no fun to feel envy because such a emotion makes one feel inadequate.
In Shakespeare, Othello was doomed by jealousy, and King Lear by his pride; while a professional jealousy often tortures artists. This drawing illustrates an intensity of emotion with transformative quality for a person afflicted. There is rage, passion and vulnerability, tangled in one massive emotional confinement.

Ophelia

Lithograph Hand-pulled off Limestone

This work was inspired by "Hamlet."
Her name is Ophelia, a Danish noblewoman who was a potential love interest of Prince Hamlet, the heir to the throne of Denmark. Ophelia is portrayed here as a doomed heroine destined for madness. Yet, she is also the epitome of goodness and purity. Loved and sheltered by her father all her life, Ophelia's frailty and innocence works against her in the end, when faced with traumatic events.

Julia

Lithograph Hand-pulled off Limestone

A study of light and dark. Lithography is a laborious technique introduced in Germany in 1796 and today practiced primarily by fine art printmakers.

Allegory of Woman

Lithograph Hand-pulled off Limestone

There is something disturbing about this matrix of bones, cartilage and flesh, all swathed tightly together by layers of cloth. A construct emerges of a young female, upright and defiant, whose seemingly sweet smile is juxtaposed against the constraints of her body, superficially content, she betrays a concealed turmoil.. 

Opera Singer

Pen and India Ink on Paper

Work draws on the legacy of Surrealism, where fantasy and pastiche play an integral part in deconstructing the performative aspects of celebrity identity.

Phoenix

Aquaforte and aquatint etching, hand pulled off zinc plate, hand colored

It alludes to classical mythology from the ancient Greece, about mythical bird of great beauty, fabled to live for five or six hundred years in the Arabian desert, after which time to die by burning itself on a funeral pyre ignited by the sun and fanned by its own wings - to rise again from the ashes with renewed freshness and strength of youth, repeating a life-cycle of many years to be experienced by only one bird at the time; an ultimate emblem of immortality, rebirth and hope.

Bitter Taste of Almond

Pencil Drawing on Paper

A humorous take on savoir-vivre, and one's ability to meet every situation in life with poise and elegance

Portraits 

I am attracted to acrylic paints for their water soluble, opaque properties that offer the freedom to layer colours more quickly. In a gallery environment, my often small in size works acquire a unique relationship with the viewers, revealing themselves more intimately
at closer inspection.

Fortune Teller 

Acrylic on Masonite board 8" x 11"

Portrait of my grandmother Theo,  an exceptional woman, who painted watercolours, played piano and studied philosophy, and in her spare time, entertained her friends with a bit of fortune telling-telling for fun, hence the title of the painting..

Serenity

Acrylic on wood.  3.5" x 2.5"

Miniature portrait of my mother against the picturesque Lehigh Gorge vista near Jim Thorpe, PA.

Awarded THIRD PLACE in PORTRAITURE (the John Thompson Memorial Award) by the Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, DC (MPSGS) at their 85th Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature, October 2018.

Mr. K in a Period Costume

Acrylic on board  3,5" x 4.75"

Commissioned portrait of a pipe smocking friend, dressed in a period costume circa 1778. 

Self-portrait à la Holbein

Tempera on wood.  8" x 10"

I portrayed myself here as Anne
of Cleves, the fourth wife of Henry VIII, by carefully copying Anne's dress from the portrait done by Hans Holbein in 1539. Over the years, I have done many copies of old masters, and the experience
has proved invaluable.
 

Miss Bourden

Acrylic on wood.  4" x 6"

Commissioned graduation portrait.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Acrylic on wood.  4" x 6"

Copy of Napoleon's portrait by the anonymous artist.

Oliver

Acrylic on Masonite board 4" x 4"

Study in chiaroscuro. 

Awarded FIRST PLACE in PORTRAITURE by the Miniature Art Society of Florida (MASF) at the 47th Annual International Miniature Art Exhibition. Event was held at the Dunedin Fine Art Center in Dunedin, FL. January 2022

Sophie

Acrylic on wood. Miniature 3.5" x 4.5"

Sophie in a traditional Polish folk costume from the region of Łowicz. Model's face is only 0.5" long.

Awarded SECOND PLACE in ACRYLIC (the JanetTreacy Award) 
by the Miniature Art Society of Florida (MASF) at the 45th Annual International Miniature Art Exhibition, January 2020.


Self-portrait à la Camille Claudel

Acrylic on wood.  2.5" x 2.5"

I was quite touched by Bruno Nuytten's film "Camille Claudel" and decided to pay a small homage of my own to the tragic, 19th century French sculptor. I depicted myself as a bohemian, working-class woman wearing an original velour hat with feathers, circa 1890, and a period dress borrowed from a theatre company. My self-portrait is dedicated to all those wonderful, 19th century women who dared to be artists, defied society, and aspired to be equal to men 

Afternoon Tea

Acrylic on Masonite board 4"x4"

The idea behind this miniature portrait of Dee Dasher was to capture the richness of textures and the overall atmosphere of Victorian lifestyle,

Awarded THIRD PLACE in PORTRAITURE by the Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, DC (MPSGS), at the 89th Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature, October 2022.  
 

Joan

Acrylic on wood.  2.5" x 2.5"

Portrait of a friend.

"Girl with a Pearl Erring" Copy after Vermeer

Oil on Canvas 16"x20"

One of the most revered paintings in Western art became a challenging commission, when
I was asked to copy it by an art collectors and a great admirer
of Vermeer. Original is displayed at the
 Mauritshuis Museum in Hague, Netherlands.

Education

Master of Art (M.A.) OCAD University, Toronto

Art History completed with distinction, Awarded the President's Scholarship for two consecutive years.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) - OCAD University, Toronto

Painting, drawing and printmaking.Awarded the Eric Freifeld Scholarship for Excellence in Figure Draftsmanship.

Certificate in Computer Graphics & Desktop Publishing - George Brown College (St. James Campus). Toronto

Digital Media

Digital photography has enabled me to experience a deeper sense of the mystery that lies within the wealth of nature’s diversity, coupled with my innate sense of curiosity about life, where the unexpected, the hidden, and the playful can be perceptively revealed through aesthetically re-purposed vintage objects and architectural elements inspired by Pennsylvania’s heritage. Foremost, however, my photographs explore the atmospheric properties of light and shadow in relation to an object’s colour and texture.

Photography

Scholar's Attic
Heirlooms Reflecting Back
Vintage Blue 1
TheRed Glow
Heirloom 
Candlelight
Impression
Scholar's Attic 2

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