Tanner Lawley

Featured Artist: Tanner Lawley 🧡

Contemporary artist Tanner Lawley paints from a place of love, abundance, and his compassion for others. Tanner grew up in a small town outside of Dallas, Texas, and spent much of his childhood working for his father’s paint contracting business. After graduating with a BBA from Freed-Hardeman University in May of 1999, Tanner experienced many emotional, physical, and spiritual hardships while trying to find his path in life. It was a result of this challenging time in his life that Tanner began creating his art in 2001.

In 2006, Tanner Lawley started managing Reflection Fine Art gallery for local Dallas artist JD Miller. It was here that Tanner began learning his craft. He began to passionately study contemporary artists and masters from all over the world.

Since August of 2008, Tanner has created thousands of original paintings that found in corporate and private collections all over the world. In 2010, he was named one of the Top 50 artists to watch by Art Business News. As a performance painter, he is best known for painting his famous sculpted hearts. In 2014, he was even awarded Art Expo New York’s Best New Exhibitor award. His lifetime goal is to paint more Love than any other artist in history.

Tanner’s newest art gallery, The Lawley Art Group, is located in the heart of the Design District in Dallas, TX. Tanner paints and lives in Dallas, with his wife D’Anne and daughters Haven Alyse and Margot Eleanor, who have each inspired his #10000 hearts project.


“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.”

Albert Einstein, The World as I See It

 

 


"Any fool can be happy. It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep.”

Clive Barker, Days of Magic, Nights of War (Abarat, #2)


“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.”

Vincent van Gogh

 


“One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.”

Émile Zola


“Art and love are the same thing: It’s the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you.”

Chuck Klosterman, Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story


“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”

Thomas Merton, No Man is an Island


"Everything you can imagine is real."

Pablo Picasso


“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

Pablo Picasso


“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”

George Bernard Shaw


“Life doesn't imitate art, it imitates bad television.”

Woody Allen


"Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn't supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something."

Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park


“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”

Edgar Degas


“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”

Pablo Picasso


“Creativity takes courage.”

Henri Matisse


“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”

Leonardo da Vinci


“You might as well ask an artist to explain his art, or ask a poet to explain his poem. It defeats the purpose. The meaning is only clear thorough the search.”

Rick Riordan


“You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.”

Friedrich Nietsche

 


“Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.”

Pablo Picasso


“A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.”

Leonardo da Vinci


“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.”

Vincent van Gogh