Artist Statement

John Wright was born in the Rottenrow in Scotland in 1967 and grew up in the council estates of Glasgow. From this bleak backdrop grew a vivid visual imagination that has helped John establish himself as a leading photographer and filmmaker for iconic brands including Louis Vuitton, Dior, Elie Saab and British GQ. His archive also features iconic portraits of an impressive array of stars, such as Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen.

John is currently based in Hoxton and works in his palatial Motel Studios. He specialises in surreal domestic photography. This work is concerned with a sense of isolation or alienation from those around us, which he considers to be “the universal dilemma of human existence.” This sense of isolation is something John has grappled with from an early age, and he gives form to this sense of separation in his work.

John hopes that this work holds up a mirror for those who identify with it. “To shine a light on their perception and perhaps, hopefully, allow them, however fleetingly, to find a way to transcend it. Hopefully through recognising it in themselves, those who feel it will begin to question its validity and find a path to liberating themselves from it.”

Sharing his work alleviates John from his own sense of isolation, as he believes that isolation and creativity are intrinsically linked. He believes that creations are not born of vanity, they’re born of a longing to communicate. With anyone.