Jimmy Wright


Jimmy Wright (born 1944) is an American visual artist, who became firstly known in the 1970s for his series of bold paintings representing libertine scenes in gay ambiances in the Meatpacking district of Manhattan; later on, for his unanticipated line of "deeply expressive", often lethargic, sunflowers which earned praise in newspapers and other art sources in the early years of the new millennium. His artwork, including his floating heads and drag themed pieces, are included in the collections of leading museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Hammer Museum, the Springfield Art Museum, His art has been shown in many solo and group exhibitions worldwide. Wright has been a president of the Pastel Society of America since 2013. He was born in Union City, TN and raised in rural Kentucky.

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Jimmy Wright

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