Will Laughlin developed his practice out of a constant need to dig through art, architectural, and advertising history to figure out how to make sense of the world.

“9-5-9-5” by Will Laughlin

“9-5-9-5” by Will Laughlin

Will grew up in Cleveland and stayed for undergrad, and he still has a vivid memory of seeing an Ellsworth Kelly at the Cleveland Museum of Art at a very young age that he didn't see for another 15 years until the museum completed renovations - thus, painter.

About his practice, Will says, “It has shifted tremendously in the past 4 years, from “all-abstraction, all-the-time” to letting in images, narrative, memoir, bad jokes, and a myriad of lived experience.”

He continues, “I was burnt out making what I felt was too isolated from the rest of the world, and too academically rigid. That being said, I’ve taken the formal tools of manipulating pictorial space and being concerned with the container of painting to tell and twist an autobiography and deliver bad puns.”

Will began constructing “episodes” with paintings, where meaning becomes contingent upon works in their orbit, allowing for slippage between expectation and understanding.

His day job for 14-ish years was in apparel retail but transitioned to a financial services position early this year.

William Laughlin (b. 1987, Cleveland OH) received his MFA from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, in 2012 and his BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in Ohio in 2010. Exhibitions include two-person and group shows at the Cleveland Museum of Art, OH; Anna Kustera, NY; Gary Snyder, NY; Tip Top III, NY; and FluxSPACE, PA. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

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