Brad Teare Biography

Brad Teare built a sucessful career illustrating for publishers such as The New York Times and Random House where he did book covers for authors such as James Michener, Anne Tyler, and Alice Walker. In 1994 his aspiration of painting the Western landscape reasserted itself, and he moved to Providence, Utah, a small town in the Rocky Mountains.

Teare first saw original paintings by Vincent Van Gogh on a visit to the Metropolitan Museum in New York City. He marveled at the visceral power of the thick applications of beautiful color. Reproductions of Gogh's work were faint shadows of the originals. Intrigued with how to teach himself to paint with thick texture, and mystified by the paucity of information on the subject, Teare started his blog Thick Paint. It chronicles Teare's experimentation with a wide variety of mediums and techniques to achieve paintings that are visceral, tactile and, in his hope, deeply moving. The blog and Youtube channel have since provided information on the topic to over 2 million viewers from nearly every nation on the planet.

In 2012, Teare began doing experimental abstract paintings to more deeply explore the texturing process. After his explorations and two sucessful abstract shows, Teare returned to landscapes with a desire to infuse oil paint with even more texture and vibrating color. Teare also embraced the palette knife as his primary means of paint application. The newfound fusion of techniques provided a rich repertoire and a robust, energetic wellspring for a new generation of paintings. After a long search, Teare finally found his home.

Teare has been invited to many artist rsidencies including the Maynard Dixon Residency in Mount Carmel, Utah and the Forbes Trinchera Residency in Southern Colorado. His work has been featured in magazines such as the LA Art Show, the Springville Museum, the Door County Plein Air Festival, and the Forbes Galleries in New York City.