James Wright is a New Zealander of English/Portuguese/African descent. He attributes a lot of his character and style to his late father, who he grew up watching repairing and making all types of useful pieces in the farm shed. He has also been influenced by the shaping of the land, working with nature’s physical forms and elements giving him an appreciation of natural beauty and its presence. The natural surroundings of his Clevedon Valley home are also an inspiration. Wright works mainly with corten steel, rock and bronze.
Wright’s works are held in private and public collections. Public works in the greater Auckland region include Nikau at the Auckland Botanic Gardens; Pride positioned in front of the Pukekohe Town Hall, Auckland; Whakaparirau taking flight on Hauraki corner on the North Shore, Auckland; and TreeMan at Eastwoodhill Arboretum, Gisborne. His work Target at headland Sculpture on the Gulf 2015 won the People’s Choice Award. His 2015-2016 work from Sculpture in the Gardens, Ratiti Mya, was purchased to become part of the permanent collection at the Auckland Botanic Gardens. He also has whimsical works within the Potter Children’s Garden. Wright featured in the TVNZ’s series ‘Design Junkies’ in 2018.
This Wright’s third time exhibiting in Sculpture in the Gardens.