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.
Art Should ... Ash
Art Should ... Ash

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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Art Should ... Ash
Art Should ... Ash
Art Should ... Come Over
Art Should ... Come Over
Art Should ... Cry
Art Should ... Cry
Art Should ... Dive Bars
Art Should ... Dive Bars
The Flower Shoppe 1
The Flower Shoppe 1
The Flower Shoppe 2
The Flower Shoppe 2
The Flower Shoppe 3
The Flower Shoppe 3
The Flower Shoppe 4
The Flower Shoppe 4
The Flower Shoppe 5
The Flower Shoppe 5
The Flower Shoppe 6
The Flower Shoppe 6
Hercules At The Crossroads
Hercules At The Crossroads
Hermes Mercury And Argus
Hermes Mercury And Argus
Perseus Saving Andromeda
Perseus Saving Andromeda
Venus Receiving Gifts
Venus Receiving Gifts
Tantalus
Tantalus
Venus With Attendants
Venus With Attendants
Building Blocks 1
Building Blocks 1
Building Blocks 2
Building Blocks 2
Art Should ... Ash
Art Should ... Ash
acrylic on paper, 30x22
2017
Art Should ... Come Over
Art Should ... Come Over
acrylic on paper, 30x22
2017
Art Should ... Cry
Art Should ... Cry
acrylic on paper, 30x22
2017
Art Should ... Dive Bars
Art Should ... Dive Bars
acrylic on paper, 30x22
2017
The Flower Shoppe 1
The Flower Shoppe 1
acrylic on paper, 30x22
2017
The Flower Shoppe 2
The Flower Shoppe 2
acrylic on paper, 30x22
2017
The Flower Shoppe 3
The Flower Shoppe 3
acrylic on paper, 30x22
2017
The Flower Shoppe 4
The Flower Shoppe 4
acrylic on paper, 30x22
2017
The Flower Shoppe 5
The Flower Shoppe 5
acrylic on paper, 30x22
2017
The Flower Shoppe 6
The Flower Shoppe 6
acrylic on paper, 30x22
2017
Hercules At The Crossroads
Hercules At The Crossroads
acrylic on canvas, 48x72
2016
Hermes Mercury And Argus
Hermes Mercury And Argus
acrylic on ceramic, 11x11x8
2016
Perseus Saving Andromeda
Perseus Saving Andromeda
acrylic on ceramic,12x11x8
2016
Venus Receiving Gifts
Venus Receiving Gifts
acrylic on canvas, 60x48
2016
Tantalus
Tantalus
acrylic on canvas, 60x48
2016
Venus With Attendants
Venus With Attendants
acrylic on canvas, 60x48
2016
Building Blocks 1
Building Blocks 1
acrylic on wood, 20x10x10
2018
Building Blocks 2
Building Blocks 2
acrylic on wood, 20x10x10
2018