Painted Bottles and Cans
Fairview-Clifton School's Carriage House painted on a S.Pelegrino bottle, Skateboarder on back
African American TV entertainers watercolor on bottle label by Tom Lohre.
Painted Bottle & Can Labels
Tom started painting the labels of bottles just before he moved out of New York City. He was studying watercolor and was looking for a way to practice and provide a finished art piece that was simple. His initial inspiration was an example of sailor’s art showing a rather provocative nude woman in a pornographic pose. His initial series of labels were all pornographic. Later he started painting celebrities of Greenwich Village for a Village Guide Book. Later Tom went on to produced many portraits on small Perrier Bottles for the staff illustrations for the community publication he is editor of.
Have your favorite person on their favorite bottle. Let your friends rediscover their youth with their favorite vintage emblazoned with their portrait.
Recently he painted two more labels for clients placing their image on their respective full liquor bottles. The bottle does not have to be wine or liquor as long as it has a big label. Some wine comes in carafes with a large label making it the best to be reused. You supply the image and Tom will paint it on the main labels. Tom will paint the labels in watercolor on the original label painted white. The watercolor is fixed with a waterproof acrylic finish. The main label and the secondary labels will be painted. The secondary label may have an image that reflects the person’s hobby.
The back label
Thomas Paine, 5" x 5", Watercolor painted on gessoed 42 oz. beer bottle label varnished with polyurethane, 1989
"These are the times that try men's souls: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated."
Bob Dylan on a Wild Turkey bottle label with the top cut off.
Jimmy Hendrix, 5" x 5", Watercolor painted on gessoed 42 oz. beer bottle label varnished with polyurethane, 1989
Watercolor on painted wine label with the top cut off, 3” x 3” x 6”, June 1st, 1993
painted wine label with the top cut off, 3” x