Airport security turned painter Stephen into a digital nomad

Stephen John Wright with one of his artworks
Stephen John Wright with one of his artworks
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Increased security post 9-11 made it too difficult for Stephen John Wright to take has conventional painting equipment on flights, so he began experimenting with digital art.

Stephen, who splits his time between London and Bury St Edmunds, is having an exhibition of his work, Digital Nomad Art, at Bury’s The Edmund Gallery from October 19 to 31.

Stephen John Wright artworks

Stephen John Wright artworks

Surprisingly, his often visually complex works, which he still calls ‘paintings’, are made with the free programme Microsoft Paint.

“It does everything I want,” he said. “Paint is very instinctive. I discovered it on my laptop and experimented with it.”

All his paintings are sold as one-offs, though he keeps a digital version so that if a buyer’s print is damaged, he can produce another for them.

Most works are pure abstract but there are surreal landscapes, including some inspired by living in Japan .