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Traditional and Impressionist Paintings in Gold Frames

Portraits in the manner of William Adolphe Bouguereau, French, 1825-1905

Landscapes in the manner of Jan Van Der Heyden, Dutch, 1637-1712

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Behringer Crawford Museum's FreshArt 2016 submission, Devou Park 360°, 16" x 12" oil on board, September 17, 2016

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This painting idea started with the development of 360° images. The painting is 16” x 12” streched to 36” x 18” the size of the 360°.

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Tom's submission for the Golden Ticket.

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Fine oil painting of a home in the old Dutch manner by Tom Lohre.

Evanswood Home, 20" x 16", oil on board, July 23, 2016

Painted in the Traditional Dutch oil painting in the manner of Jan Van Der Heyden, 1637-1712

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Working on a complicated four month long painting makes for mixing things up a bit. Herman Melville and William Adolphe Bouguereau would be in their studios all day and others did not really know what they did in there, Tom's wife thinks the same thing. It is fun to think they were working all the time on the work but they were not unlike Tom, answering letters, cleaning, working on peripheral things; spending a lot of time working on refining the craft, researching, making new devices and procedures that make the work fun and easier. After years of wanting to make videos of painting it was not until now Tom set up a technique to do just that. It came together when he found a contraption to hold documents while typing, similiar to a desk top lamp that clamps on the table and allows you to move it all around. It makes it possible to sneak into the painting space with a USB cable video camera.

In painting a complicated work the question comes up, “Is it worth it?”
Working to duplicate the old masters, taking time to study and produce, is the resource which is bottomless. Money may be in short supply but there is always plenty of time. Giving the work all the time it needs to achieve success is the least the artist can do. Material goods may be in short supply but never to the level of preventing work. No one askes how long did it take? They think the artist took as long as he wanted.
If an artist is attempting to emulate an old master work wouldn’t that mean he would spend as long as he needed? The artist is not setting the standard, the standard is already set.
Though it takes six months to paint such a work and the payment is a fraction of the time spent, is this a good use of the artist’s time? He enjoys matching the level of work and spending hours in front of a charming painting, albeit to him; not unlike sitting in a museum.
Tom learned that the painter he is emulating, Jan van der Heyden, created paintings for the market. He was an engineer and inventor of gas street lighting and firefighting equipment. Tom was disillusioned at the painters work, creating paintings that seemed fads in Dutch society. It may have well been a fad at the time and he was encouraged and rewarded to produce as many as he could. The resulting paintings do not have a heart and soul in it as Tom understands. Tom searched for personal commissions Heyden produced that had intimacy but found none. Though known to paint every brick and leaf, resorting to making a stamp you could apply to the wet paint to set up the painting of leaves and bricks, Heyden’s work has failed to inspire Tom though he has been a vehement follower for twenty years.
In the end, painting “Evanswood Home”, Tom feels the only take away is to continue to paint in transparent medium since it gives the painting an extra oeuvre. In the future Tom seeks to use transparent mediums with phosphorescent paint.

Twilight Tree Line in Glow in the Dark colors impressionist oil by Tom  Lohre, night  view.

Twilight Tree Line, 24" x 18", Glowing Oil pastel on metal, April 10. 2016, dark view

Twilight Treeline, impressionist oil by Tom Lohre, twilight view.

Twilight Tree Line, 24" x 18", Glowing Oil pastel on metal, April 10. 2016, twilight view

Best to view with a clicker. Hang the work in low light plugging in the light with the clicker module. View by clicking to turn off light.

These images do not show the real view of the painting. Cameras receive and process light differently than eyes. The twilight view is the best approximation of what it is like to view the painting in its optimal.


Tom started working with glow in the dark colors while developing his Lego painting machine in 2003. In 2015 he produced two paintings with the sky and water being glow and the rest normal colors. All the paintings are oil pastels melted on hot metal, a technique he started with his painting machine. One of the paintings, a view of Fountain Square, hangs in the Cincinnati City Hall, part of an art for sale/display program curated by Jan Brown Cheeco.

This painting moves the process a step further using only glow in the dark colors in ernst as a standalone medium. The work is developed on three levels: daylight, dark and half-light or twilight version (the way the work is supposed to be viewed.) Not being able to work with the color in the manner it is to be viewed is the stumbling block. It is like working in an alternate universe. The glow colors have a comforting manner about them for when you close your eyes the colors you see are glow in the dark. The preliminary workup is done in the computer with two layers, the layer as the painting looks in daylight and the way the painting looks in the dark. Half of the colors are a milky yellow white and cannot be distinguished one from another. The other half are tinted in an approximation of the glow color.

The next glowing painting will be a sea scape with Moby Dick, whaleship and whaleboat. Tom hopes to advance his study focusing on the twilight version of the work carefully taking advantage of the brightest glowing colors making them the bright reflection on forms and the lesser glowing colors the shadow colors. Tom will rough out the scene in 3D using Poser, then moving it to paint after the composition, reflection and colors are set.


Tom made a painting machine out of Lego's Mindstorm Invention System in 2003. To make a machine that paints you must simplify the application process. The stroke the machine used is the same as this work, melting wax on a hot surface. These same simplifications also stimulate the viewer as a new aggressive impressionism. His first study technique was painting copies in museums, learning principals of art that could not be taught. His second study technique was creating machines that copied the process of painting. He discovered more principals of art that otherwise could not have learned.

His purpose in these paintings is to reveal his spirit while illustrating life. He seeks a visual vibration that inspires and stimulates the viewer to see beauty, truth and order, using unconventional methods. He seeks to discover underlining principals not revealed in normal study. This work differs from others because it goes a step further, applying traditional study techniques using new methods.

Impressionist oil painting of Perfect North Ski Slopes, Lawrenceburg, IN by Tom Lohre.

Perfect North VI, Oil pastel on metal, 20" x 16", Sunday, January 25, 2016

Portrait of Judy as the young woman in Bouguereau's "The Knitter"

Judy as woman in Bouguereau, 16" x 20", Traditional academic manner

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Teaching at the Cincinnati Women's Club

Sidewalk Shrines and Noted Icons
Clifton Cultural Art Center
3711 Clifton Ave
Cincinnati, OH, 45220
Friday, March 6, 2015
to Friday, April 3, 2015

Glow in the Dark Painting of Cincinnati's Fountain Square by Tom Lohre.

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Fountain Square LXXI, Glowing Oil pastel on metal, 12" x 16", Tuesday, Janaury 20, 2015

Glow in the Dark Painting of Cincinnati's Fountain Square by Tom Lohre

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Glow in the Dark Painting of Cincinnati's Fountain Square by Tom Lohre

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Three views of Fountain Square LXX, Glowing oil pastel on metal, 12" x 16", Wednesday, January 14, 2015, these three images are all the same painting

Mother and daughter portrait by Tom Lohre

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http://tomlohre.com/figure.htm Mother Daughter VIII, Second state, 20" x 24", Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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SOS ART 2014A community art show and event of creative expressions for Peace and Justice
Late May into June @The Art Academy of Cincinnati, 1212 Jackson St, downtown Cincinnati

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 2012 Golden Ticket Art Show.

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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 Lohre painted as Ahab in the last chapeter of Moby Dick.

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Tom Lohre as Parsee

16” X 20”, Oil on canvas, work in progress

A Family Portrait to Be Cherished Forever

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Family portrait, 30" x 24", Traditional Dutch landscape oil painting in the manner of Jan Van Der Heyden, 1637-1712

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Sketches Over the Years

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Christmas 2008 Helen XIV, ink on paper board, 8" x 10", December 25, 2009

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Matt, 8 " x 10", three color charcoal on paper, from photo

Sailing Stories and Art

Crossing III booklet in preliminary form

Portraits Over the Years

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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, "10 Important Experiences Over 50 Years in Business. "

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Herb Feldman, Oil on canvas, detail

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Hiroshima mon Amore, Oil on canvas, 1979

Portrait of Two Men Rhett Fire and Mel Odem Traditional Oil Painting on Canvas by Tom Lohre

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Rhett Fire & Mel Odem, 5' x 4', oil on canvas, July 1st, 1983

Children's Portraits

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Helen, 36" x 40", oil on canvas, painted for the 2006 Tall Stacks Celebration in Cincinnati

Traditional child portrait by Tom Lohre.

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Sydney wears a tutu from the Cincinnati Ballet. She is painted as an Ice Fairy in "The Nutcracker."

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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.

Animal Portraits

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Fancy, 12" x16", oil on canvas, 1994

Clifton Cow jumping over the Moon in Mount Storm Park, oil on canvas, 2003

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Home Portraits

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Bahamian Home, 20" x 16", watercolor on paper, 1995, available

THE GREAT TOMASO

Art Machines Powered by Man

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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

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The Side Show takes place on top of the pushcart.

"Artisto" the automata painting machine paints Chad Johnson.

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Chad Johnson, 16" x 20", September 2007, Wax on aluminum sheet
This is the second painting done with the Lego robot assistant, "Artisto." The face is a Bengal receiver. The face is set in the mask of a tiger. Tom used strong colors to accent the eight colors available in the robot assisted process.Irene, Oil pastel on foil, 16" x 20", August 2007

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The first painting done by "Artisto" using glow in the dark colors makes use of a strong combination of colors for a powerful graphic effect. The sky comes to life in the dark. Two different glow in the dark colors, blue and orange, where used for the background.

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Mike Wilger, proprietor of the Visual History Gallery, works with "Artisto."

Shown at
January 2008 at Sitwell's Coffee House, 324 Ludlow Ave., Cincinnati OH 45220, 2008 Show Brochure

April 18 to May 18, 2008 at Visual History Gallery, Mike Wilger, owner, 1989 Madison Road Cincinnati, OH 45202, mwilger@fuse.net, 513-871-6065, Visual History Gallery

Artisto Paintings in the Show

A peek into Tom's Apartment in New York City in 1986 by Nelson Sullivan.

Being a Meat Market Pioneer - Fixing the Plumbing at 5 Ninth Avenue in 1988 by Nelson Sullivan.

Humidify and Bathe your Home in Soothing Sound

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