Jean Wright

April 11th, 2017 by


"I am a life-long Minnesotan. I live in St Paul and my current studio is in the Grain Belt warehouse building. I have been in love with art-making since childhood, when my best friend’s father would turn us loose in his studio armed with huge sheets of vellum and handfuls of markers."

A result of that experience was an abiding love of layering color. I have worked in fibers using dyed, sheer fabric to create images and in printmaking with multiple layers of highly extended colors.


My current work is encaustic painting. It involves painting with pigmented bee’s wax mixed with Damar resin that is heated to about 225°. Each layer is carefully fused to the next with a torch. When cooled, the layers can be scraped back, carved into, or manipulated in endless ways – alternately concealing and revealing. I love the sense that I am participating in an art form that traces its roots to antiquity; pre-dating Egypt’s famous Fayum mummy portraits circa 80-100 AD. And melted bee’s wax smells heavenly.

I graduated from University of St Thomas with a degree in Theology, and the College of St Catherine in Studio Art. I find that the theology informs the art, and the art gives form to the theology.

I have shown work in the MN State Fair Fine Art Show, at the Catherine G Murphy Gallery at the College of St Catherine, Unity Unitarian Church in St Paul, MN, Flow Art Space in Lowertown, St Paul, George Anderson Gallery at Breck School in Mpls as well as several coffee shops in the Twin Cities.