John Christie Wright

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Name

John Christie Wright

Culture

Australian | Scottish

Gender

Male

Birth date

1889

Birth place

Aberdeen, Scotland View on map

Death date

1917

Death Place

France View on map

Movements

Australia (NSW) from 1912

Occupations

Art teacher | Sculptor

Summary

Worked: Australia (NSW, SA)

Context

Australia

Biography

 

John Christie Wright was born in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1889. He studied at Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen from 1907 to September 1911, where the subjects he studied included 'Drawing from Life' and 'Modelling'. He moved to Australia in 1912. In 1915, Wright was awarded the Wynne Prize for Sculpture, and the following year, in February 1916, he was appointed Principal of the South Australian School of Art in Adelaide. On 26 April 1916, Wright joined the Australian imperial Force (AIF) and embarked from Sydney with his unit on 25 October 1916. He was killed in action in France on 2 May 1917.
 
The John Christie Wright Memorial Prize is awarded annually to an outstanding student majoring in Painting and graduating from the Bachelor of Visual Arts (Specialisation) at the South Australian School of Arts. A Memorial Fountain has also been erected in his honour in Macquarie Place Park, Sydney.
 
[Information courtesy of David Cossar, 2 June 2010]