Tad Lauritzen Wright

b. 1972, San Angelo, TX
I take basic ideas, simple plans, and rigorous daydreaming to an extreme in the work, always attempting to elevate my ideas and observations.
Fifteen Shades of Sunburn
Fifteen Shades of Sunburn

Experiments with process and possibility form the basis of Tad Lauritzen Wright’s practice, as they have for the past several decades. He employs consistent motifs and symbols along with a sprawling variety of treatments in paintings, works on paper and sculptural installations. Oscillating between improvisation and control, he mixes graphic geometry and patterning with heavy brushwork, hand-lettered text, personified objects, childlike imagery, shocking colors, and fantastic scale and perspectives. Enmeshing himself and the viewer in playful sensory games, joy and possibility arise from each composition. Wright’s grid foundations become spaces for collaboration among forms and operate as analytic puzzles. His one-line drawings are elaborate time-based games growing from simplicity to complexity, open to risk and the challenge of limits. His use of text and language as form allow for direct accessibility and a range of interpretations from the viewer -- whether delight or disgust. Through the process of blurring and defying conventions of art and craft, roles of the artist and viewer, and traditional uses of media and form, Wright remixes a whole new visual language.

Tad Lauritzen Wright, a Texan, received an MFA from Memphis College of Art and a BFA from Nebraska Wesleyan University. Over the past twenty years, he has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions across the United States, including Coop Gallery, Nashville; Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville; Anderson O’Brien Fine Art, Omaha; Koelsch Gallery, Houston; Cheryl Hazen Gallery, New York; Cuevas Tilleard Gallery, New York; ACME Gallery, Los Angeles; Millsaps College, Jackson; Arkansas State University, Jonesboro; Pulse Art Fair, Miami; Next Art Fair, Chicago; Brooks Museum, Memphis; Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis; and the New Orleans Museum of Art. He has completed two (?) public installations through the Urban Art Commission in Memphis. His work is in a number of collections including the Tamarind Printmaking Institute, Albuquerque; Fidelity Investments, Boston; The Children's Museum, Memphis; the City of Memphis; Hallmark Collection, Kansas City, MO; Memphis/Shelby County Library and Information Center-Collierville; Memphis Brooks Museum of Art; and the Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock. He is one half of the Mellow Mountain Coalition, making collaborative, impromptu, figurative abstractions with fellow DLG artist Hamlett Dobbins.

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Fifteen Shades of Sunburn
Fifteen Shades of Sunburn
Guidance in Random Rules
Guidance in Random Rules
Apologies on Order
Apologies on Order
Breakup Songs that Get You Laid
Breakup Songs that Get You Laid
Perceived, Remembered, Imagined, Distorted and Clarified
Perceived, Remembered, Imagined, Distorted and Clarified
TAD LAURITZEN WRIGHT: Perceived, Remembered, Imagined, Distorted and Clarified
TAD LAURITZEN WRIGHT: Perceived, Remembered, Imagined, Distorted and Clarified
TAD LAURITZEN WRIGHT: Perceived, Remembered, Imagined, Distorted and Clarified
TAD LAURITZEN WRIGHT: Perceived, Remembered, Imagined, Distorted and Clarified
Gummy with Romanticism
Gummy with Romanticism
Questionable Date to the Prom
Questionable Date to the Prom
Hospitalized for Approaching Perfection
Hospitalized for Approaching Perfection
It Was a Bird Chiroy Morning
It Was a Bird Chiroy Morning
Sunshine Elbowed Through
Sunshine Elbowed Through
Random Notes of Cheerfullness
Random Notes of Cheerfullness
Reserved Exclusively for Lunar Eclipses
Reserved Exclusively for Lunar Eclipses
Ten of Fifteen Minutes of Silence
Ten of Fifteen Minutes of Silence
With a Smirk or a Yawn
With a Smirk or a Yawn
Perceived, Remembered, Imagined, Distorted and Clarified
Perceived, Remembered, Imagined, Distorted and Clarified
Perceived, Remembered, Imagined, Distorted and Clarified
Perceived, Remembered, Imagined, Distorted and Clarified
Perceived, Remembered, Imagined, Distorted and Clarified
Perceived, Remembered, Imagined, Distorted and Clarified
Sweet with Wine, Giggly with Grass
Sweet with Wine, Giggly with Grass
School for Sopranos
School for Sopranos
Roundabout
Roundabout
Windswept Blankets of Anticipation
Windswept Blankets of Anticipation
Nihilistic Gunfighter Hero
Nihilistic Gunfighter Hero
Untitled
Untitled
Untitled
Untitled
Building Blocks 2
Building Blocks 2
Art Should ... Come Over
Art Should ... Come Over
Fifteen Shades of Sunburn
Fifteen Shades of Sunburn
acrylic on canvas on panel, 31x22x5
2019
Guidance in Random Rules
Guidance in Random Rules
acrylic on canvas on panel, 9x7.5x3
2019
Apologies on Order
Apologies on Order
acrylic on canvas on panel, 28x23x3.5
2019
Breakup Songs that Get You Laid
Breakup Songs that Get You Laid
acrylic on canvas on panel, 23x22.5x5
2019
Perceived, Remembered, Imagined, Distorted and Clarified
Perceived, Remembered, Imagined, Distorted and Clarified
acrylic, ceramic and cinder block, 11.25x9x8
2019
TAD LAURITZEN WRIGHT: Perceived, Remembered, Imagined, Distorted and Clarified
TAD LAURITZEN WRIGHT: Perceived, Remembered, Imagined, Distorted and Clarified
acrylic, ceramic and cinder block, 13x6x6
2019
TAD LAURITZEN WRIGHT: Perceived, Remembered, Imagined, Distorted and Clarified
TAD LAURITZEN WRIGHT: Perceived, Remembered, Imagined, Distorted and Clarified
acrylic, ceramic and cinder block, 8.25x11x11
2019
Gummy with Romanticism
Gummy with Romanticism
acrylic on canvas on panel, 10.5x8x3.5
2019
Questionable Date to the Prom
Questionable Date to the Prom
acrylic on canvas on panel, 10x8x3
2019
Hospitalized for Approaching Perfection
Hospitalized for Approaching Perfection
acrylic on canvas on panel, 22x28x4
2019
It Was a Bird Chiroy Morning
It Was a Bird Chiroy Morning
acrylic on canvas on panel, 32x22x5
2019
Sunshine Elbowed Through
Sunshine Elbowed Through
acrylic on canvas on panel, 11x10x3
2019
Random Notes of Cheerfullness
Random Notes of Cheerfullness
acrylic on canvas on panel, 45x45.5x5
2019
Reserved Exclusively for Lunar Eclipses
Reserved Exclusively for Lunar Eclipses
acrylic on canvas on panel, 22.5x22.25x4
2019
Ten of Fifteen Minutes of Silence
Ten of Fifteen Minutes of Silence
acrylic on canvas on panel, 16x14x2.75
2019
With a Smirk or a Yawn
With a Smirk or a Yawn
acrylic on canvas on panel, 9x7.5x3.5
2019
Perceived, Remembered, Imagined, Distorted and Clarified
Perceived, Remembered, Imagined, Distorted and Clarified
acrylic, ceramic and cinder block, 10.25x9x8
2019
Perceived, Remembered, Imagined, Distorted and Clarified
Perceived, Remembered, Imagined, Distorted and Clarified
acrylic, ceramic and cinder block, 9.75x9x9
2019
Perceived, Remembered, Imagined, Distorted and Clarified
Perceived, Remembered, Imagined, Distorted and Clarified
acrylic, ceramic and cinder block, 11x10x9
2019
Sweet with Wine, Giggly with Grass
Sweet with Wine, Giggly with Grass
acrylic on canvas on panel, 12.5x10x3
2019
School for Sopranos
School for Sopranos
acrylic on canvas on panel, 11x8x3
2019
Roundabout
Roundabout
acrylic on canvas on panel, 10.5x7.5x3
2019
Windswept Blankets of Anticipation
Windswept Blankets of Anticipation
acrylic on canvas on panel, 28x22.5x5
2019
Nihilistic Gunfighter Hero
Nihilistic Gunfighter Hero
acrylic on canvas on panel, 56.5x44.25x5
2019
Untitled
Untitled
acrylic on canvas, 24x18
2018
Untitled
Untitled
acrylic on canvas, 24x18
2018
Building Blocks 2
Building Blocks 2
acrylic on wood, 20x10x10
2018
Art Should ... Come Over
Art Should ... Come Over
acrylic on paper, 30x22
2017

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