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Deran Wright

If it can be imagined, it can be brought into reality in BRONZE.

For 30+ years Deran Wright has been bringing the imagination to life through sculpture, from the ultra-realistic, to the fantastic.

Through the medium of bronze sculpture Deran Wright explores the symbolism, the icons, the myths and legends that are the undercurrent of our society.

Iconic images of heroes, dragons, greenmen, fairies, leprechuans, monsters and hobgoblins run deep through humanity's collective psyche.  Soaring eagles, wild horses running free, children at play.  We surround ourselves with powerful sculptural symbols that inspire and motivate us, and restore our connection to our humanity.

Public Unveilings

1988  Will Rogers Coliseum - Fort Worth, Texas

1988 East Texas State University - Commerce, Texas

1989  White House Rose Garden - Washington, D.C.

1990  Cooper Aerobics Clinic - Dallas, Texas

1994  Graham Public Library - Graham, Texas

1995  Naval Air Station, Joint Reserve Base - Fort Worth, Texas

1997  Prather Park - Highland Park, Texas

1998  Boy Scouts of America, Circle 10 Council headquarters - Dallas, Texas

2000  Beth-El Temple - Fort Worth, Texas

2002  Main Civil Courts Building - Fort Worth, Texas

2003 Founder’s Park - North Richland Hills, Texas

2009 Azle Memorial Library - Azle, Texas

2010 Westminster School - Atlanta, Georgia

2011 Paul Smiths College - Paul Smiths, New York

2011 Old Parkland - Dallas, Texas

2012 Old Parkland - Dallas, Texas

2012 Azle Fire Station - Azle, Texas

2014 Davey O’Brien Foundation - Fort Worth, Texas

2015 Old Parkland - Dallas, Texas

Select Corporate and Public Client List

 

Azle Public Library - Azle Texas

Badge of Honor Foundation - Dallas, Texas

Beth-El Congregation - Fort Worth, Texas

The Bertha Foundation - Graham, Texas

The Boy Scouts of America, Circle 10 Council - Dallas, Texas

Camp Topridge - Saranac, New York

The Center for Texas Studies - Fort Worth, Texas

Cessna Aircraft Corporation - Wichita, Kansas

Chippewa Shoes - Fort Worth, Texas

Don Young Glass Studio - Fort Worth, Texas

Dorothea Leonhardt Foundation - Fort Worth, Texas

East Texas State University - Commerce, Texas

Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce - Fort Worth, Texas

Fort Worth Police Department - Fort Worth, Texas

Gainsco Incorporated - Fort Worth, Texas

Gideon-Toal - Fort Worth, Texas

Graham Public Library - Graham, Texas

Hahnfeld & Associates - Fort Worth, Texas

Haltom City Public Library - Haltom City, Texas

Harris Methodist Hospital - Fort Worth, Texas

Heritage Trails Commission - Fort Worth, Texas

Hoka Hey Fine Arts Foundry - Dublin, Texas

Holt, Rineheart, & Winston - Fort Worth, Texas

Hometown - North Richland Hills, Texas

Justin Industries - Fort Worth, Texas

Juta Sugai - Kanagawa, Japan

Kimbell Art Museum - Fort Worth, Texas

Kristen Richards Incorporated - New York, New York

Latham & Sons - Fort Worth, Texas

Live Oak Foundation - Azle, Texas

Medical Heritage Galleries - Waco, Texas

Morris Foundation - Fort Worth, Texas

Muplan - Tokyo, Japan

National School Public Relations Association - Arlington, Virginia

National Association of Police Organizations - Alexandria, Virginia

Naval Air Station, Joint Reserve Base - Fort Worth, Texas 

North Richland Hills Public Art Committee - NRH, Texas

Old Parkland - Dallas, Texas

Pantherville Railroad Association - Fort Worth, Texas

Paul Smiths College - Paul Smiths, New York

The City of Highland Park - Highland Park, Texas

The Renoir Foundation - Austin, Texas

Schutts, Magee, & Riddle - Fort Worth, Texas

Southland Corporation - Dallas, Texas

Texaco - Dallas, Texas

Tony Lama - Fort Worth, Texas

TSR - Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Wagnon-Manning Design - Dallas, Texas

Warner Bros - Hollywood, California

Wizards of the Coast - Seattle, Washington

...And many other private commissions ...

Bibliography

 

June 2016 Wide Open Country - “10 Texas Artists Who Explore the Beauty of the Lone Star State”

 

January 2016  BisNow  “The Art behind Parkland Hospital”

 

July 2015 Southwest Art magazine   “Meet 14 artists who work in bronze, steel & more”

 

October 2014 Visual Language Magazine Vol 3 no 11  'An Aristic Life'

 

June 2012 The Dallas Morning News  “Dallas firefighters dedicate statue honoring fallen 

comrades”

May 20 2011 The Dallas Morning News "At memorial for fallen Dallas police officers: ‘We remember with you’"

 

2010 Labyrinths of British Columbia “Story of the Minotaur”

 

May 12, 2010 Stark Center blog Posted “Helping Hands”

 

December 2008 The Azle News “Soaring Sculpture”

 

November 2008 The Azle News “Art coming in as Library takes shape”

 

August 2008 All Tomorrows Parties ezine “NEW DRONES SINGLE - THE MINOTAUR + A BRIEF RETROSPECTIVE”

 

June 2005 CollegeMama blog “Pixielated and Updated”

 

2005 Panther City front cover “Featuring the photography of Skeeter Hagler”

 

March 2004 Star Telegram “Bronze sculpture honors influential educator”

 

December 2002  Star Telegram Front Page “A Legend in Bronze”

 

March 2002 Richland Hills News “Sculpting History”

 

September 1999 Star Telegram “Shaping a Reputation”

 

July 1998 The Dallas Morning News “Pixie Land”

 

February 1995 Fort Worth Star Telegram “Artwork keep’s Carswell’s memory alive”

 

February 1995 The Sentinel “Carswell Field memorial dedicated”

 

1995 The Healing Arts  “The best American Artists look at Medicine today”

 

December 1990 Orlando Sentinel  “Education Flag Part Of Display Symbol Was Carried By Christa Mcauliffe"

 

May 1987 Western Horseman “Gallery”

 

September 1986 Fort Worth Star Telegram “FW Man restoring Renoir’s Venus”

 

May 1973 Mid Cities Daily News “Youth creates vivid adventures”

An Artistic Life;

by Fred Schwartz

reprinted from Visual Language Magazine 2014

Deran Wright drew his first recognizable picture at age 3 on a building block (a bird). In elementary school he wrote and illustrated comic books which he sold to classmates. At age 15 he became a commercial illustrator, creating artwork for Texas magazines and newspapers. He has a letter from Stan Lee telling him to finish growing up before he applies for a job as an artist at Marvel. 

When he was 12, he met  a noted western painter/sculptor, who after viewing the young artist's ever present sketch pad, gifted him with a box containing a wooden sculptors tool and some 'mysterious substance'.

5 years later, dissatisfied with commercial illustration, he opened the box and cast his first bronze sculpture in 1979, when he was just 18.

 

Deran can be elusive to track down for an interview. To art shows, gallery openings, unveilings, the usual haunts for artists, he appears briefly, if at all. He and his wife, Geneva, are more likely to be found at live theater performances, history symposiums, or fine restaurants.

When I caught up with him recently, he was sketching the complicated knots adorning samurai armor in an exhibit at the Kimbell Art Museum. Knots, armor, and Oriental culture are only three of his many and varied interests.

 

Back in his atelier, when asked about his training, he replies, "self-taught". But then I notice the shelves behind him groaning under the weight of a massive collection of books on sculpture. From primitive Oceania, African, Oriental, Classical, Baroque, Art Nouveau, Art Deco. Names like Cellini, Bernini, Gaudens, Rodin, Manship, and Noguchi are on the book jackets. 

The sculptor didn't pursue a degree in art, because at the time the academic focus was on abstract and conceptual forms. 

Drawn to classic figurative sculpture, Deran embarked instead on a rigorous combination of self study and on the job training. As a result, today he creates sculpture in a traditional style from a thoroughly modern perspective, and his work is in high demand.

 

A very reserved and quiet man, the sculptor can be difficult to draw out. At a recent unveiling, when handed a microphone, his speech consisted entirely of, "Thank you very much for coming. I had a lot of fun making this sculpture."

But it soon became apparent that each and every sculpture has an interesting story behind it.

 

For instance there was the time one of his sculptures was unveiled by President George Bush in the Rose Garden at the White House. Oh, and George W. Bush was the keynote speaker at another of his unveilings.

Or how he became a key witness in an international copyright dispute between the heirs of Pierre August Renoir, the French government and the heirs of Renoir's personal assistant. 

After 35 years of sculpting full time, there are a lot of sculptures and a lot of stories.