Arthur Wright was born in Chicago and raised in Wilmington, Delaware were he was an Art Major at Wilmington High School. Excelling in the arts during his early years, he secured a full scholarship to the Columbus College of Arts and Design where he majored in Advertising and Graphic Design.
Mr. Wright, a native of Chicago has been creating fine art in the Chicago area for the past two decades. Known for his upcycled Styrofoam sculpture and paintings, his work took a decided turn in 2016 when he became an Inaugural Fellow at Theaster Gates’ Stony Island Arts Bank.
Listening on repeat to the House Music of Frankie Knuckles at the Bank’s music library, he began to feel and see the space between the notes and put them down on paper. This led to the start of Music on My Mind, an ever-growing collection of drawings and paintings done live at music events and in the Studio.
The first solo showing of Music On My Mind was at the William Hill Gallery in Chicago in 2017. 2019 has already seen a steady stream of Wright’s music work, including: monthly Live Drawing events at the Jazz Record Art Collective, a two-man exhibition with music photographer Elliot Mandel at the PurePoint Financial Bank (Chicago). One In A Million, Works on Music at the Chicago Temple Gallery, and he is the featured Artist for the Jazz Institute of Chicago’s 50th Anniversary!