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Philippians 4:12 - I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

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Jesse Wright (1974) is an American/Jamaican multidisciplinary artist and instructor who lives and works in New Jersey, USA. Drawing heavily on a background in painting, commercial design and service in the missions field, Wright explores spiritual connections underlying daily experience and observation through his practice which consists of mixed media painting, printmaking and video. It incorporates found materials and musings on text from passages of scripture, news clippings and the internet. Intuitively elements are repurposed, fragmented and layered to address the many ways in which we communicate and the many layers of understood and unknown meanings by balancing representational elements with abstract elements. The blending of visual styles also references the blended cultures of Wright’s Jamaican American heritage.

Jesse’s international travel as an art director for an importer instilled a respect for iconography that transcends language.

His technology work in the film, news and entertainment industry gave an awareness of the various ways we are able to communicate and how fragmented the messages can become.

Recent years involving humanitarian and ministry related missions work in Uganda, Haiti, Mexico, and Honduras serving at orphanages, medical centers, schools and displacement camps have significantly influenced the Wright’s subject matter making a call for art as activism through an exploration of printmaking and video.

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Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019 "Teacher As Artist", Dineen Hull Gallery & Department of Cultural Affairs, Jersey City, NJ

2017 "Pearl Of A Panther", Short Film Premier, Newark Museum, Newark, NJ

2014 "Woman and Children First", Art House Productions Gallery, Jersey City, NJ

2008 "1964/1967", Newark Historic Society, Newark, NJ

"1964/1967", 1x1 - Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ
"Glimpse", Red Saw, Newark, NJ
"Wave In The Water", The Majestic (with Jersey City Museum), Jersey City, NJ
"Phoenix" Mana Fine Arts, Jersey City, NJ

2005 "Receiver Series 1" Gallery 58, Jersey City, NJ
2004 "12 FOLLOWS" L.I.T.M., Jersey City, NJ

Selected Group Exhibitions

"Panther", Index Art, Newark, NJ
"Process and Practice", Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ
"Another World", Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ
"Art Educators of New Jersey", Kean University, Union, NJ

"Linkage: 2 Degrees of Separation", Hackensack Performing Arts Center, Hackensack, NJ
"Art Educators of New Jersey", Kean University, Union, NJ

2017 "Essential", 395 Johnson, Bushwick, NY

2016 "Art Educators of New Jersey", Kean University, Union, NJ

2015 "Art Educators of New Jersey", Kean University, Union, NJ

"Looking Back, Looking Black", Goldman, Sachs & CO., Jersey City, NJ
"Instigated" Sebastian Patane Masuelli installation, Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ
"Black Rock", Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ

"Broken Wings", Gallery 58, Jersey City, NJ
"ArtReach XIV", city without walls, Newark, NJ
"Pulp", Red Saw, Newark, NJ
"Reverie", ANNEX Gallery, Jersey City, NJ
"What Have You Got To Say?" Mana Fine Arts, Jersey City, NJ

"Magical Realism", Jersey City, NJ
"Heavy Hitters" Gallery 58, Jersey City, NJ
"Four Artists", Brooklyn, NY
"Passing Through" The Luna Stage, Montclair, NJ
"Black History Month Exhibit" City Hall, Jersey City, NJ

"What Have You Got To Say?" Grace Church Van Vorst, Jersey City, NJ
"Artist By Numbers" L.I.T.M., Jersey City, NJ
"Unusual Suspects" Gallery 58, Jersey City, NJ
"Collectivity" Shore Institute of Contemporary Arts, Long Branch, NJ
"Now and Then", Long Island City, NY

2003 "Word of Mouth" FEASE, Montclair, NJ
2002 "Emerging Artists" Williamsburg, NY
2001 "End of the Day" FEASE, Bloomfield, NJ
2000 "FEASE Art Collective" FEASE, Bloomfield, NJ


1992-1996 Bachelors of Fine Art, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
1995 Middlesex Polytechnic, London, England (Artist Exchange Program)
1999 Graphic Design Certification, Bergen Community College, Paramus, NJ

Awards and Grants

2007-2008 Artist In Residency, Gallery Affero, Newark, NJ
1995 Student Exchange Scholarship, Middlesex Polytechnic, London, England


Art/Tech Instructor, 2009-Present, Eastern Christian High School, North Haledon, NJ
Art Instructor & Creative Director, 2014-Present, Goldman Sachs' Student Art Program, Jersey City, NJ
Graphic Design Instructor, 2008-2011, BridgeHope, Paterson, NJ
(program for inner city youth in collaboration with William Paterson University's business department)

Consultant and Art Related Projects

2007-Present Graphic/Web Design and Consultation for American Indian Artists, Inc. New York, NY

Murals and Public Projects

2012 Mural, Eastern Christian Media Center, North Haledon, NJ
2011 Mural, Wings of Refuge orphanage, Port Au Prince, Haiti
2009 Mural, Colegio de James R Ganley, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico

Bibliography and Publications

Schiller, Sara. "Wooster on Paper #4: 10th Anniversary", Wooster Collective Magazine, August 2013.

Behrens, Ahn. "Broken Wings review", Waterfront Journal, July 2006.
Bischoff, Dan. "Artreach XIV", Star Ledger, July 2006
Behrens, Ahn. "Review", Jersey Journal, April 2006.

Leonard, Lex. "Feature", Jersey City Digest, March 2005.
Jackson, Aaron. "Rules of the Artist", Chilltown, March 2005.

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