Natasha Wright | Because the Night

‘Because the Night’ 2022 by Natasha Wright

August 9 – August 23

Opening event | Tuesday August 9th, 5 – 7pm, RSVP below

.M Contemporary is pleased to announce a new exhibition of paintings by New Zealand born, New York-based artist Natasha Wright “Because the Night”.

Wright completed her MFA in 2018, sighting Canadian American painter Philip Guston (1913-1980) as one of her biggest influences – “We shared the same studio at the original sight of the Whitney Museum and his commitment to painting is a lineage I’m interested in carrying forward.”

Natasha Wright | Because the Night

Natasha Wright’s paintings are firmly centered on the female form. At the core of Wright’s work is her mission to portray powerful and independent females that exude confidence. Groups of women gather, celebrate and commiserate. They are fierce, determined and sometimes combative.

The paintings often address multiple personalities and emotions. Wright is interested in the interior just as much as the exterior. Her larger than life women balance a complicated dichotomy of the grotesque and the beautiful. Gender, sexuality, vulnerability and power, seduction and aggression – these dualities motivate the dynamics of the work.

Geometric forms and shapes burst with metallic tones, earthy greens and warm blushes. Wright freely incorporates both abstract and figurative elements in her paintings. Her work has a playful openness, a searching quality. Forms seem to emerge intuitively.

Wright’s recent canvases are as bold as they are introspective, concerned with contemporary characters just as much as art history. Wright’s women are not naive to the history and male subjectivity they inherit. They claim their space to discover who they are on their own terms.

  • Natasha Wright Bronze Bottega, 2022

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  • Natasha Wright Excuse Me I’m Trying to Dance, 2022

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  • Natasha Wright Faux Fur, 2022

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  • Natasha Wright Le Splash, 2022

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  • Natasha Wright The All Nighter, 2022

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  • Natasha Wright Smokey Eyes, 2022

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  • Natasha Wright The Influencer, 2022

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  • Natasha Wright The Waiting Women, 2022

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  • Natasha Wright Because the Night, 2022

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  • Natasha Wright Excuse Me I’m Trying to Dance IV, 2022

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  • Natasha Wright Excuse Me I’m Trying to Dance VI, 2022

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  • Natasha Wright Excuse Me I’m Trying to Dance III, 2022

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  • Natasha Wright The Nail Salon, 2022

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Gallery open
Monday – Friday | 9am – 5pm
Saturday | 10am – 4pm
Sunday | closed

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