Tad Lauritzen Wright
b. 1972, San Angelo, Texas; lives in Memphis, Tennessee
Whether working in single line drawings, mixed media paintings, or simplistic sculpture, Tad Lauritzen Wright takes “basic ideas, simple plans, and rigorous daydreaming” to extremes in an effort to elevate his ideas and observations. He reaches for impromptu reactions from viewers, allowing extended possibilities of landscape, dead images, jokes, plays on art history, pop culture, and personal history to shape how the pieces develop.
While at Tamarind, Wright furthered his one-line drawings—time-based works where one continuous line forms various images—by experimenting with color overlapping, and faded imagery that, upon close viewing, offers viewers more complexity. He explains, “In this somewhat subversive approach, the intricacy of the line disproves the simplicity of the images that are depicted…It would be difficult to pre-plan these works beyond subject matter; as I draw I must be conscious of the entire surface of the paper and of creating a visual rhythm as I weave the lines in and out of one another.”
Wright received an MFA from Memphis College of Art and a BFA from Nebraska Wesleyan University. He is one half of the Mellow Mountain Coalition, making collaborative, impromptu, figurative abstractions with fellow DLG artist Hamlett Dobbins. He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions across the United States and 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.