Stanton Macdonald Wright

Theme/Style – Synchromism, Abstraction, figurative art, still lifes

Media – Oils, murals, watercolors, charcoals, lithographs, sculptures

Artistic Focus – Stanton Macdonald Wright, with friend and fellow artist Morgan Russell, created the style of art known as Synchromism, the precepts of which evolved out of their study of Cezanne's idea of creating structured solidity out of color rather than with shading or perspective. Although Wright's work alternated throughout his career, from pure abstraction to figural representation and back again, he always used color as a tool to determine the essential character of his art, and saw Synchromism as just one phase of this lifelong pursuit of color as a means of expression.

Career Highlights –

• Born in Charlottesville, Virginia, Wright moved with his family to Santa Monica, California in 1900.
• He left for France in 1909 to study art at the Sorbonne, and at the Academies Julian, Beaux Arts and Colarossi, remaining in Europe until 1916 to work with Morgan Russell in developing the Synchromistic style.
• Typical of Wright's early Synchromist works was the 1924 Muse Synchromy, which used non-objective, prismatic cones to shatter images of monumental Michelangelo-esque figures, and is among the series of works that have become the artist’s most popular among collectors.
• Wright participated in the Depression-era Public Works of Art Project program, creating a number of murals, including the Santa Monica Public Library murals, in which he illustrated what he considered the two key streams of development in the history of the human species: the technical and the imaginative.