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.
Repeating it Perfectly (Undone) Again 12
Repeating it Perfectly (Undone) Again 12

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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Repeating it Perfectly (Undone) Again 12
Repeating it Perfectly (Undone) Again 12
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Repeating it Perfectly (Undone) Again 1
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Repeating it Perfectly (Undone) Again 7
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Repeating it Perfectly (Undone) Again 11
Repeating it Perfectly (Undone) Again 5
Repeating it Perfectly (Undone) Again 5
Repeating it Perfectly (Undone) Again 13
Repeating it Perfectly (Undone) Again 13
Strangely Accurate
Strangely Accurate
Entirely Random
Entirely Random
Might Never Have Know
Might Never Have Know
Triple Twist
Triple Twist
Between Subject and Object
Between Subject and Object
Everything in Common
Everything in Common
For the Tenth Time
For the Tenth Time
Racing Like a Pronoun
Racing Like a Pronoun
Not Taking Sides
Not Taking Sides
I Remeber Wrong
I Remeber Wrong
Repeating it Perfectly (Undone) Again 9
Repeating it Perfectly (Undone) Again 9
Repeating it Perfectly (Undone) Again 4
Repeating it Perfectly (Undone) Again 4
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Repeating it Perfectly (Undone) Again 6
Repeating it Perfectly (Undone) Again 3
Repeating it Perfectly (Undone) Again 3
Recontextualized Loose Ends (blue)
Recontextualized Loose Ends (blue)
Recontextualized Loose Ends (grey)
Recontextualized Loose Ends (grey)
Recontextualized Loose Ends (green)
Recontextualized Loose Ends (green)
Recontextualized Loose Ends (white)
Recontextualized Loose Ends (white)
Apologies on Order
Apologies on Order
Hospitalized for Approaching Perfection
Hospitalized for Approaching Perfection
Random Notes of Cheerfullness
Random Notes of Cheerfullness
Ten of Fifteen Minutes of Silence
Ten of Fifteen Minutes of Silence
School for Sopranos
School for Sopranos
Sweet with Wine, Giggly with Grass
Sweet with Wine, Giggly with Grass
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
Perceived, Remembered, Imagined, Distorted and Clarified
Perceived, Remembered, Imagined, Distorted and Clarified
Untitled
Untitled
Untitled
Untitled
Repeating it Perfectly (Undone) Again 12
Repeating it Perfectly (Undone) Again 12
acrykic on canvas, 60x48
2022
Repeating it Perfectly (Undone) Again 1
Repeating it Perfectly (Undone) Again 1
acrylic on canvas, 27x108
2021
Repeating it Perfectly (Undone) Again 7
Repeating it Perfectly (Undone) Again 7
acrylic on canvas, 72x108
2021
Repeating it Perfectly (Undone) Again 11
Repeating it Perfectly (Undone) Again 11
acrylic on canvas, 60x48
2022
Repeating it Perfectly (Undone) Again 5
Repeating it Perfectly (Undone) Again 5
acrylic on canvas, 72x108
2021
Repeating it Perfectly (Undone) Again 13
Repeating it Perfectly (Undone) Again 13
acrylic on canvas, 54x26
2022
Strangely Accurate
Strangely Accurate
mixed media on canvas, 48x36
2021
Entirely Random
Entirely Random
mixed media on canvas, 48x36
2021
Might Never Have Know
Might Never Have Know
mixed media on canvas, 48x36
2021
Triple Twist
Triple Twist
acrylic on canvas, 40x90
2022
Between Subject and Object
Between Subject and Object
mixed media on canvas, 48x36
2021
Everything in Common
Everything in Common
mixed media on canvas, 36x48
2021
For the Tenth Time
For the Tenth Time
mixed media on canvas, 48x36
2021
Racing Like a Pronoun
Racing Like a Pronoun
mixed media on canvas, 48x36
2021
Not Taking Sides
Not Taking Sides
mixed media on canvas, 36x48
2021
I Remeber Wrong
I Remeber Wrong
mixed media on canvas, 40x36
2021
Repeating it Perfectly (Undone) Again 9
Repeating it Perfectly (Undone) Again 9
acrylic on canvas,72x108
2021
Repeating it Perfectly (Undone) Again 4
Repeating it Perfectly (Undone) Again 4
acrylic on canvas, 72x108
2021
Repeating it Perfectly (Undone) Again 6
Repeating it Perfectly (Undone) Again 6
acrylic on canvas, 72x108
2021
Repeating it Perfectly (Undone) Again 3
Repeating it Perfectly (Undone) Again 3
acrylic on canvas, 72x108
2021
Recontextualized Loose Ends (blue)
Recontextualized Loose Ends (blue)
enamel on aluminum, 12x12x9.5
2021
Recontextualized Loose Ends (grey)
Recontextualized Loose Ends (grey)
enamel on aluminum, 12x12x9.5
2021
Recontextualized Loose Ends (green)
Recontextualized Loose Ends (green)
enamel on aluminum, 14x16x13
12x12x9.5
Recontextualized Loose Ends (white)
Recontextualized Loose Ends (white)
enamel on aluminum, 12x14x14
2021
Apologies on Order
Apologies on Order
acrylic on canvas on panel, 28x23x3.5
2019
Hospitalized for Approaching Perfection
Hospitalized for Approaching Perfection
acrylic on canvas on panel, 22x28x4
2019
Random Notes of Cheerfullness
Random Notes of Cheerfullness
acrylic on canvas on panel, 45x45.5x5
2019
Ten of Fifteen Minutes of Silence
Ten of Fifteen Minutes of Silence
acrylic on canvas on panel, 16x14x2.75
2019
School for Sopranos
School for Sopranos
acrylic on canvas on panel, 11x8x3
2019
Sweet with Wine, Giggly with Grass
Sweet with Wine, Giggly with Grass
acrylic on canvas on panel, 12.5x10x3
2019
Perceived, Remembered, Imagined, Distorted and Clarified
Perceived, Remembered, Imagined, Distorted and Clarified
acrylic, ceramic and cinder block, 9.75x9x9
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
Perceived, Remembered, Imagined, Distorted and Clarified
Perceived, Remembered, Imagined, Distorted and Clarified
acrylic, ceramic and cinder block, 10.25x9x8
2019
Untitled
Untitled
acrylic on canvas, 24x18
2018
Untitled
Untitled
acrylic on canvas, 24x18
2018

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