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Empire State Building I, Finished Friday, March 30, 2012, 5" x 7" x .125” x 2 oz., Oil pastel melted on Plexiglas. Framed in a Neapolitan style simulated gold leaf over clay over wood with no seam in corners weighing 2 pounds

The Empire State building painted in its roughest manner. The nine colors play multi pivotal roles. The colors move from representing the sky directly linking to the building especially in the yellow. Nantucket red represents the people. Medium green filling the pseudo shadows. Dark purple and green filling in the bowels of the city.

Tom had just started melting oil pastels on Plexiglas as a novel way to paint in a hotel room without stinking up the joint. Painted using a limited palette of nine colors. Each color a special value and hue to fill in all the gaps of the color spectrum. Tom had twenty sheets of Plexiglas he was going to scrimshaw while sailing across the North Atlantic but never had the time on board ship. The milky Plexiglas looked like ivory. At first he used a frying pan on a regular kitchen hot plate. Sometimes the pan would become too hot and cause just the stink he was trying to avoid.

Painting with blobs is reality. Composition and time of day establishes the painting. This new manner cannot change the situation. The gross manner lends itself to familiarity. The visceral manner guided by natural illustration makes everyone there. Each stroke takes on more significance. Reality reduced to something a printer would do but when the artist reduces the scene to a few blobs that still have the scene then now that’s painting. Each round edged blob means more. The blob represents the reality of painting in the classical manner. Strike while the iron is hot. Why do anything unless you are ready? The same is true with painting.

Finished Friday, March 29, 2012, 5" x 7" x .125” x 2 oz., Oil pastel on melted on Plexiglas. Framed in a Neapolitan style simulated gold leaf over clay over wood with no seam in corners weighing 2 pounds. The Plexiglas was heated to melt the oil pastel causing the surface of the painting to bend. You can see the bend in the Plexiglas. The Plexiglas is recessed away from the frame. Can be shipped in a box 15" x 12" x 4" weighing 3 pounds. Work can be purchase without the frame shipped in 15" x 12" x 4" box weighing 2 pounds. Two framed 5” x 7” pieces can be shipped in a 20” x 14” x 4” box weighing five pounds. Use these weights and box dimensions to determine shipping to your area. Painting can be picked up in Cincinnati for free or delivered by the artist within a two hundred mile radius for a determined fee.

Shown at:
Clifton Cultural Art Center
3711 Clifton Ave; Cincinnati, OH, 45220
Opening 7 - 9 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2015; Closing Friday, April 3, 2015

Brief History of the Artist/Scientist
Tom Lohre learned by working in the studio of master portrait painter R_. Searching for new subjects, he painted the eruption of Mount Saint Helen while it erupted from life, twenty miles to the south on Tum Tum Mountain. He also painted the first space shuttle from life, 200 'feet from it, under armed guard, the day before to took off.

All information believed correct but cannot be guaranteed.

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