rick wright

The KCAC Artist Lifestyle is kicking back up this week with KCAC Member and local painter Rick Wright (@rickwrightart)

Rick graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.F.A in Design/Illustration and an M.A. in art education. He currently lives in midtown Kansas City, Missouri and routinely exhibits work in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. Throughout the year he participates in art festivals in Minneapolis, Denver, Dallas, St Louis, Chicago, Memphis, and Des Moines. In addition to his personal work, he has been an art educator in both private and public schools and currently teaches art at Van-Go Inc., an arts based non-profit job training program in Lawrence, KS.

It has been such a great pleasure to watch Rick’s work grow and evolve over the past several years and when we saw his Instagram page, we saw a perfect fit for the KCAC Artist Lifestyle take over! So to get things started, here are a few words from Rick about his current work and artistic inspiration…

“Terpsichore, in Greek mythology was one the nine Muses of the arts. Her traditional domain of dance and song, along with more contemporary cirque nouveau and burlesque performers have influenced my most recent figurative explorations. Though semi-abstract and expressionistic, I value a believability, proportion, and movement in the form. Within each piece, I challenge myself with color relationships, and mark-making to build, define, redefine, and refine each painting without losing a sense of liveliness and energy. I seek a balance between the raw nature of a gestural five minute sketch and the sophistication one expects of a resolved painting. The strength and grace of these feminine forms in motion both challenge and compliment the direction of my work.”

We just can’t wait to see what Rick has in store for us, so here are a few images of his artwork and past Instagram photos to get things kicked off…

Wright_Rick_Luna_AL_1_18      Wright_Rick_Charcoal Sketches_AL_1_18     Wright_Rick_Crow_AL_1_18

Be sure to follow Rick on his KCAC Instagram journey starting tomorrow Thursday, January 18th – Tuesday, January 23rd!

If you missed any of our previous Artist Lifestyle Artists you can always catch up on the KCAC Instagram (@kcartistscoalition) to see what has been happening or search social media with the hashtags: #kcartistlifestyle #kcacartistlifestyle