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These paintings are done on a hot plate. Tom plugs into the street light boxes used for the holiday lights and heats up metal and melts the oil pastels on the metal. 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 trays 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. The canvas is 30 gauge galvanized duct material. The griddle has magnets embedded in it so the metal sticks to the surface. You move the metal around to heat only the surface you are working on.
Crew Tower, Cincinnati, Ohio; 12" x 16", Oil on aluminum, August 30, 2013, available
Aunt Ginny, 12" x 16", Oil on 20 gauge metal, November 26, 2013
While in New Orleans, Tom worked on his NOLA motif but came up not with what he discovered in their last visit, a woman on a balcony, but paintings of the friends and family in the NOLA scene. Getting ready for Aunt Ginny’s visit, Tom told daughter and her cousin that Aunt Ginny was the closest thing to Jacquelyn Onassis they would ever meet. She was smart, poised, beautiful, quite, polished, the perfect mother. She arrived and was all that and more. A great visit after her driving up the hour or so from Pax Christian. Cold, windy and raining, we stay in the room and had pizza while Tom painted her knitting blankets for her new great grandchildren. She brought some books from their sailing days and Tom selected three. They remember her husband, Tom's uncle, who died this time six years ago.
Telford Avenue, Clifton, Cincinnati; 16" x 12", Oil on aluminum, July 20, 2013, available
Clifton Gaslight II, Cincinnati; 16" x 20", Oil on aluminum, July 25, 2013, available
Clifton Gaslight Balcony, Cincinnati; 24" x 20", Oil on 25 gauge galvanized metal, Work in progress, available
Jami and Friend, 12" x 16", Oil pastel on metal, September 10, 2013
Clifton Gaslight, Cincinnati, Ohio, July 10, 2013, 16" x 12", Oil pastel on aluminum, painted from life
Devou Park, Covington, Kentucky, Oil pastel on metal, 24" x 20", September 15, 2013
Ludlow and Telford Avenues III, Clifton, Cincinnati; 16" x 12", Oil on aluminum, July 15, 2013, available
Ceasar Creek Glider Port, Waynesville, Ohio, 16" x 12", Oil on aluminum, July 14, 2013, available
Ludlow and Telford Avenues II, Clifton, Cincinnati; 16" x 12", Oil on aluminum, July 7, 2013, available
Ludlow and Telford Avenues I, Clifton, Cincinnati; 16" x 12", Oil on aluminum, July 1, 2013
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. I add this
ongoing project to the battle.
SOS ART 2013
A community art show
and event of creative expressions for Peace and Justice
Fountain Square XL, May 24, 2013, 12" x 16", Oil pastel on aluminum, Adaption of a 1994 series of fountain paintings done on the skywalk during a festival. The series of four are bird-eye views done on location near the fountain but not actuality seeing the fountain. The buildings are suggested by stripes of vertical color. These early paintings lend themselves to being reinterpreted using the pixelated painting manner melting oil pastels on a heated surface similar to his painting machine.
Phil, 12" x 16", Oil pastel on aluminum, May 16, 2013
Gaylord Texas Station, 10" x 8", Oil pastel on aluminum, May 4, 2013
Emily West Morgan, Yellow Rose of Texas, 10" x 8", Oil pastel on aluminum, May 2, 2013
Mary Kay of Mary Kay Cosmetics , 10" x 8", Oil pastel on aluminum, May 2, 2013
Tom paints Uncle Jim's portrait in the family room of the rehabilitation facility he is staying at recovering from a fall.
Uncle Jim, May 5, 2013, 8" x 10", oil pastel on aluminum, nine color palette
The finished portrait
with Aunt Linda and Uncle Jim, the portrait took about a half hour with
their children and spouses looking on.
Dough, May 6, 2013, 8" x 10", oil pastel on aluminum, nine color palette
Grapevine Lake, Dallas Texas, May 5, 2013, 8" x 10", oil pastel on aluminum, nine color palette
Painting on location on Grapevine Lake, Texas
April 4, 2013, Angela Grayson's portrait on a realtor yard sign placed where she was killed by a stray bullet while waiting for a bus in Avondale, Cincinnati in at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 24, 2006.
Gaylord Texan River Walk, April 26, 2013, 10" x 8", oil pastel on aluminum, nine color palette, availableTom Lohre as Parsee, 16” X 20”, Oil on canvas, work in progress
Fountain Square XXXIX, December 5, 2012, 24" x 24", Acrylic on canvas , available
Aunt Nancy, May 6, 2013, 8" x 10", oil pastel on aluminum, nine color palette
John Adams after Gilbert Stewart, wax on plexiglas. 5" x 7", November 2011, available
John Kennedy after Norman Rockwell, wax on plexiglas. 5" x 7", November 2011
Jacqueline Kennedy after Jacques Lowe, wax on plexiglas. 5" x 7", November 2011
Bather after Degas, wax on plexiglas. 5" x 7", November 2011, available
Fountain Square XXXVI, July 2, 2012, 5" x 7", Acrylic on board, available
Fountain Square XXXVII, July 3, 2012, 5" x 7", Acrylic on board, available
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
Fountain Square XXXV, July 1, 2012, 5" x 7", Acrylic on board, available
Fountain Square XXXIV, June 26, 2012, 5" x 7", Acrylic on board, available
Butchie Wood 12/9/75 to 6/6/2011, Acrylic on board, June 21, 2012
Clifton Meadows, 6' x 3', Acrylic on board, June 11, 2012, available
Rosemary Clooney, 8" x 10", Acrylic on board, May 21, 2012
Earnest Crear, Oil on board, 5" x 7", May 19, 2012Earnest 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
SOS ART 2013, May
31 to June 9 at The Art Academy of Cincinnati, 1212 Jackson St, Cincinnati,
OH 45202, a group art show and event of sociopolitical expressions for
peace and justice, in its 11th consecutive year. Opening, Artists Talk,
and potluck Reception: Friday May 31, 6 p.m.-12 a.m.
Another in a long line of fountain paintings this one started in the spring while Helen was still in school. The painting will be a stepping off point for the next series of abstract colorful paintings done in the varnish manner.
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