Harry Cory-Wright

“Line, or at least the perception of ‘line’ is a constant game that can be played on the salt marshes of North Norfolk. There is the horizon of course with all the implication of dunes and hills, but also throughout the tidal creeks there are the most fabulous slips and slivers, swoops and curls of mud water and sand. These are lines that sometimes can take your breath away in their simplicity and immaculate form. Try as I might to capture this on film I have found it hard. It is almost as if it is the very singularity of that line that needs to be shown and a photograph is unable to do that. It shows the whole. Drawing that line with a pen however, I can begin to see it again. Our relationship with landscape and our ability to see it, indulge in it as based of course on the human assumptions. My perception of these lines is as much in the imagination as it is in the landscape. “

Harry Cory Wright is a Norfolk based artist and photographer whose practice has taken him throughout the British Isles as he seeks out what humanises landscape, what energises it with a sense of the prospect, and ultimately separates it from wilderness; exploring our fundamental attraction to place, and the very physical process of being in landscape. 

His photographic work is dominated by the use of a single lens on a large format 10 x 8” film camera which records a high level of detail.  The camera, medium wide angle lens, type of film and resultant hand print all add to the vital sense of ‘being there’, as the artist concentrates on creating an intense sense of the ‘visual’, the literal beauty of what was there in front of the camera, away from any sense of abstraction. 

Contrastingly, Harry has been drawing with increasing intensity, taking an alternative disciplinary approach to explore the landscape in a more stripped back, minimal yet gestural style. The use of pen on paper and the application of such gestures allows for coincidence, abstraction and chance to take dominant roles; aspects unavailable through his photographic processes. 

Further avenues of exploration have seen Harry translate his interest in capturing landscapes move towards a slight three dimensional aspect with the introduction of his relief pieces. Capturing the North Norfolk coast and its surrounding woodland scapes through intrinsically placed shapes and colour; soft pastel shapes layered in ways which depict the landscape in its most paired back, abstract form.  In doing this Harry evokes a sense of memory and reflection, capturing a landscape at a glimpse in the tones and compositions which catch the eye. 

As well as being shortlisted for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Prize at The National Portrait Gallery for his portrait of Maggi Hambling, Harry’s work was included in Landmark: The Fields of Photography at Somerset House, London (2013) curated by William A. Ewing. 

Solo exhibitions include Six Hour Place, Creake Abbey (2017), Anglia (2015), Hey Charlie (2013) and Place in Mind (2011), at the Eleven Gallery, London. Along with Dual Jet Control (2018), an exhibition of the artists lesser known works on paper and screen prints which explore the North Norfolk salt marshes, exhibited with us at the Fairhurst Gallery. Harry Cory Wright also worked as the artist in resident at the workshops of the Fairhurst Gallery. The brief for his residency was to ‘chase’ through the possibilities of representing landscape by exploring the simplest of gestural mark-making, where visitors were also invited to watch the fluidity of his process in the gallery space. Whilst navigating life in lockdown, the Fairhurst also worked with Harry to deliver a virtual exhibition of his relief works; Place Through Shape, Tone and Colour (2020).