Painter Richard Wright, 49 won The Turner Prize today, Britain's most famous award.

Wright received the $40,000 prize Monday at Tate Britain gallery in London.

Wright uses elaborate and labor-intensive methods to create transient works that respond directly to the architecture and context of a space. His works come alive as they are experienced by the viewer, the judges said in a statement released by Tate Britain, according to the Associated Press.

Wright is a British painter based in Scotland. Previous winners include Gilbert & George, Richard Long and Anish Kapoor.

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British artist Richard Wright poses beside his piece 'No Title' after winning the 2009 Turner Arts Prize at the Tate Britain gallery in central London December 7, 2009. REUTERS/Toby Melville