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Melting Wax on Hot Metal Paintings
These paintings are done on a hot plate. Tom heats up a metal canvas and melts fancy crayons on the surface. Sometimes Tom plugs into the street light boxes to power the heating element. A busy body called the police and complained Tom was using City power so they sent two officers to shut him down. Later he found out the Clifton Business and Professional Association owns the sockets so there is no problem using them. He uses a round tray of wax sticks as his palette. The fun part of this technique is you select the color stick and melt it on the surface without going to the palette to reload your brush. This makes for intense work. You are not distracted by changing brushes, mixing color or reloading the brush. The canvas started as aluminum then 30 gauge galvanized duct material, now it is 30 gauge resin coated flashing metal. The heater has magnets so the metal canvas sticks to the surface. You move the metal around to heat only the surface you are working on.
Clifton Gaslight IV,
20” x 16", Oil pastel melted on thirty gauge metal, February
The color wheel palette of oil pastels on a rotating pedestal with values of colors from light to dark.
Ski Bunny, 12" x 16", Oil on 20 gauge metal, January 9, 2014
Telford Avenue III,
20 " x 16", Oil pastel melted on thirty gauge metal, February
Clifton Gaslight III, 12" x 16", Oil pastel melted on thirty gauge metal, February 8, 2014
Finished. Inspired by Edouard Cortez, Eugene Galien-Laloue, Luigi Loir and Jean Beraud. The rough work is the new rough. The color wax sticks melted onto a hot metal is alive even after it cools. In the past Tom relied on the time of day painting in the street to dictate the light and color of the painting but now he needs to give the painting everything it needs. In the past he shied away from dawn or dusk paintings thinking it was kitsch, low-brow style of mass-produced art or design using popular or cultural icons. This new medium wants him paint all the light effects.
SOS ART 2014
A community art show
and event of creative expressions for Peace and Justice
At 11 p.m. Monday, June 18, 2012 fifteen-year-old Africa Hope was killed by a stray bullet at 1700 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio. This portrait placed at the site after being in the SOS show.
Winning second place in the juried Golden Ticket Art Show at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center in Clifton, Cincinnati, Ohio verified what Tom is experiencing.
Realtor yard signs repainted with a portrait of a gun violence victim placed where they died, provide a positive colorful happy catalyst to solve gun violence. Help a "at Risk" person. Be part of the solution. Apathy is the problem. The signs—revered by community— are everlasting remembrances.
With each sign Tom experiences something like a block buster movie with characters larger than life. He learns about the victim and meets the family. They live larger lives, the highest highs and lowest lows. The portraits are larger than art. Tom becomes a pawn in a complex battle to live in a safe productive world.
Creating a painting against gun violence does not solve the problem. It is the grunt on the ground that solves gun violence. Social networks solve gun violence. Slogans, art, songs and preaching help solve gun violence but it is the grunt on the ground makes the change.
Tom plans on painting at these spots looking for the beautiful. He will befriend the residences and make a change. With everyone stepping up and taking back their streets we can solve this problem.
Many people are working
on this problem. Many events draw attention to gun violence. He adds this
ongoing project to the battle.
Tom Lohre wins Second Place at the Golden Ticket September 7, 2012 for Earnest Crear, Latex on board, 50” x 19” x 1”, May 15, 2012, 18” x 12” board from a realtor sign painted on both sides an impressionistic portrait of Earnest Crear and placed in metal realtor frame. To be placed at Rockdale Avenue and Knotts Street where Earnest Crear was fatally shot, August 18, 2007. Full story at SOS.htm
Tom talks about his glow-in-the-dark painting.
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Sketches Over the Years
Tom at the easel.
Irene, 8" x 10", pencil on paper, Christmas 2008
Helen XIV, ink on paper board, 8" x 10", December 25, 2009
Victoria, 11" x 14", charcoal on paper, from five half hour sittings, April 6, 2005
Irene, 8 " x 10", colored pencil paper, from twenty minute sitting, December 25, 1991, available
Matt, 8 " x 10", three color charcoal on paper, from photo
Tom in his immersion suit.
At Sea IV, 16" x 12", oil on canvas, October 18, 2010
Richard T Farmer, Oil on board, 12" x 16", April 18th, 2008, Richard Farmer, Founder & Chairman of the Board of Cintas Corporation spoke at Xavier University on April 18th, 2008 as part of the Distinguished Speakers Series. All were welcome to hear his talk, "10 Important Experiences Over 50 Years in Business. "
Herb Feldman, Oil on canvas, detail
Joan, oil on canvas, 10" x 10", available
Hiroshima mon Amore, Oil on canvas, 1979, available
Rhett Fire & Mel Odem, 5' x 4', oil on canvas, July 1st, 1983Helen, 36" x 40", oil on canvas, painted for the 2006 Tall Stacks Celebration in Cincinnati Sydney
wears a tutu from the Cincinnati Ballet. She is painted as an Ice Fairy in "The Nutcracker."
Your face in a masterpiece Pick any painting in the Cincinnati Art Museum and Tom will paint your face in it. Photo: United Press International 1979.
Bucky, 24" x 30", oil on canvas, December 30, 2008
Parrot, 18.5" x 40", oil on board, 1979, available
Fancy, 12" x16", oil on canvas, 1994
Clifton Cow jumping over the Moon in Mount Storm Park, oil on canvas, 2003 More Info
Devou Park Clubhouse, 16" x 12", oil on board, September 21, 2008, available
THE GREAT TOMASO
Art Machines Powered by ManClick To visit the wacky world of "The Great Tomaso."
The bicycle has itís own colorful propeller and balloons attached to a bar that encircles the driver and passenger. As they ride, many times they leave the ground.
The pushcart is the circus floor for the small Art Machines. , available
The Side Show takes place on top of the pushcart.The art pushcart is made out of light materials and has an awning over the boxís top working surface. The art pushcart will roll on three large wheels and have fourth leg thatdrops down next to the fourth small wheel, one handle at one end will help push it. The art pushcart will be made so it can roll on the sidewalks. It will be colorfully painted.
"Artisto" the automata painting machine paints Chad Johnson.
Chad Johnson, 16" x 20", September 2007,
Wax on aluminum sheet
Irene, 16" x 20", August 2007
Mike Wilger, proprietor of the Visual History Gallery, works with "Artisto."
A peek into Tom's Apartment in New York City in 1986.
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Everytime I'm Standing Outside, guitar and vocal by Tom Lohre, 1987