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Wright is a painter, master art instructor, inspirational speaker, and poet. His classical academic training in the foundations used by the Renaissance and Impressionist masters is evident in his work as an American painter in the tradition of his mentors and in his teaching the Art of Creativity to artists of all levels and genres.
The Master Art Instructor
Dmitri Wright’s career as a fine artist and art instructor began at the age of 20 when his mentor Samuel Brecher requested he take over his life drawing classes. From that year onward Dmitri has taught thousands, from beginner students to professional artists, the foundational methods of creativity within museum workshops to private lessons, the principles for studio and plein air painting and drawing.
Wright is the Master Artist/Instructor for Weir Farm National Historic Site, the National Park dedicated to American Impressionism. Wright, in the tradition of John Henry Twachtman founder of the Cos Cob Art Colony, is the first artist-in-residence instructing and lecturing at the Greenwich Historic Society, the birthplace of American Impressionism. He instructs at Silvermine Art School and privately. In the USA and Europe, he gives workshops and museum tours on ‘How to be an Impressionist’ in addition to being a judge for art shows.
A Lineage of the American Impressionists
Dmitri Wright’s artistic lineage stems from the American Impressionists. His mentors have been Samuel Brecher, who studied under Charles W. Hawthorne the founder of the Cape Cod Art School. Hawthorne was a student of William Merritt Chase.
Donald Brown, an expressionist, influenced Wright to accept the Max Beckman International Scholarship at the Brooklyn Museum Art School where Wright then studied under Rueben Tam; and at Cooper Union he studied under Wolf Kahn and Will Barnet.
As an American artist, Wright’s travels have taken him to paint and/or teach throughout the United States and visiting over a dozen National Park sites in addition to Italy, France, Ireland, Austria, England, West Indies, Central and South America, and China. His work and teaching focus on the Preservation and Progress of Impressionism's philosophy which applies to all creatives - the importance of Culture, Collaboration, Commitment, and Creativity towards the Good, the True and the Beautiful.