Deran Wright: 35 Year Retrospective
June 6 – 28, 2014
Bronze sculpture and Ink drawings, including the maquette for the iconic Sleeping Panther of Forth Worth, spanning 35 years of working in the DFW area will be on view through June 29th at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. http://www.fwcac.com/?exhibition_detail/3565
Deran Wright is a self taught sculptor who was born in Fort Worth Texas. A 5th generation Texan, he has been working in the area since 1979. Mr. Wright works with the traditional method of lost wax bronze to create contemporary figurative bronze sculptures. His award winning works examine strong recurring myths, legends, and icons of our society, and have been exhibited throughout the United States and Japan.
In 1989 his sculpture dedicated to the memory of the crew of the space shuttle Challenger was unveiled by President George Bush at the White House. In 1991 A sculpture honoring Dr. Kenneth Cooper was unveiled at a presentation featuring George W. Bush as a keynote speaker. In 2004, his sculpture “Minotaur” won the Tallix Award at the National Sculpture Society’s Annual Exhibition, one of 17 out of a field of 870 entries. Public sculptures include the Carswell Airfield Memorial at the Naval Air Station JRB, the eagle at ‘Eagle Scout Plaza’ at the Boy Scouts of America, Circle 10 Headquarters, the Beth El Congregation Temple Ark doors and eternal flame, The Sleeping Panther of Fort Worth, the Azle Fireman and Police Memorial, the Old Parkland Lion Fountain, The Children’s Medical Center Memorial, and Paul Smith, for Paul Smith’s College, among others. His works are also held by many private collectors.
Deran is also one of the artists participating in Art News DFW’s rotating headers program.