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Acclaimed digital artist inspired by Shakespeare

Recently short-listed for the Ironstone Art Prize Claire Reika Wright has applied her painting and digital skills to a series of work inspired by Shakespeare's romantic comedy 'As You Like It'


"Wright is known internationally for her 'moving paintings', works that take the viewer on never-ending journeys through slightly abstracted environments that reflect a wide variety of human emotions"

Ready to launch her new Shakespeare driven artwork during Oxfordshire Artweeks in May, Claire Reika Wright explains that "whilst the play has inspired many artists and illustrators I wanted to give my interpretations a contemporary feel without resorting to the device of setting them in a different period of time.

 

“By building my set and characters using digital 3D techniques combined with traditional abstract painting and sculptural methods and then basing the paintings on what is almost an animated film set I believe I have achieved something really different."

When asked why she chose to use 'As You Like It' as a basis for this new series Wright commented that "it has always been one of my favourite plays and although it is considered light weight by some there is much in the play that addresses issues that are very relevant today. From gender identity to Jacques's seven ages of man and the contrasts between urban and country life just for a start. As always with Shakespeare there are so many layers of meaning to explore."


 

Wright has produced work based on Shakespeare’s plays in the past and limited editions of illustrations of eight plays were showcased in the RSC’s foyer shop for a number of years. This time she has concentrated on the one play and produced not only a series of 16 mixed media paintings but also a screen based ‘moving painting’ that allows the viewer to explore her 3D incarnation of the forest of Arden and its inhabitants.

Wright is known internationally for her 'moving paintings', works that take the viewer on never-ending journeys through slightly abstracted environments that reflect a wide variety of human emotions and issues. "I have been lucky enough to have had my work selected for global exhibition tours organised by The Lumen Prize twice in the last three years resulting in the work being shown around the world in prestigious art venues."

A wide range of Wright’s colourful mixed media canvases and screen based work will be exhibited at The Senecio Press Gallery in Haselmere Way, Banbury from 21st to 30th May from 10am to 5.30pm daily.

 

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