Tony Conrad received his MFA degree in painting and drawing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2009. Conrad’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States in various solo, group, and invitational exhibitions and has won a number of awards including the Lawrence Rathsack Scholarship and the Frederick R. Layton Fellowship. Tony is represented by Levee Contemporary in Princeton, Wisconsin.
My work has influences from various cultural and historical movements including Persian textiles, Tibetan Buddhism, psychedelic rock culture, and meditative states. I’m particularly drawn to the beautiful patterning that is central to these traditions.
In these works, layers of information form a palimpsest of colors and patterns, balance and symmetry. Color complexity develops as configurations of shapes are constructed and deconstructed through a reactive process. This “construction zone” of actions and reactions forms a quiet history where chaos and harmony coexist.