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Arabian Horse Impressionist Oil Painting in Faux Gold Frame by Tom Lohre

Arabian Horse, Finished June 4, 2012, 5" x 7" x .125” x 2 oz., Oil pastel melted on Plexiglas.

Maria and Mikey with dog Sabrina, Oil on canvas, 36" x 24", March 13, 2012

A portrait using a new very slow drying medium that allows work on the whole canvas wet for several months. A year after finishing, a spray of Dammar varnish seals the transparent oil color that uses the smooth white gesso surface as white

Clifton Family, 24" x 20", oil on canvas, December 2009, Commission
Started in April 2008 after a hiatus of two years waiting for the baby to grow up. Sketches were agreed on and work commenced with Tom painting in the side yard of the neighbors home for the summer. Work progressed from right to left. The dogs were painted first then the master and his wife. Painting has recommenced at the Cincinnati Sports Club where Tom had a show of paintings in the lobby in March and April 09 and took advantage of a invitation to paint there to paint the children. He has been spent a week on each figure. Tom has changed his medium, the oil he paints with during this painting. Since it was started in April of 2008, Tom has changed from 1/2 Demar varnish 1/2 stand oil to 4/5 stand oil 1/5 poppy oil. Stand oil is thickened linseed oil that does not yellow as much. Both mediums had oil of clove added to retard drying. Toms new medium has a longer drying time and does not thickened as much before setting. Tom manner is to paint with this medium tinting the medium to create the color. Most colors created using the white of the canvas as the white. Only in the darkest parts of the painting does the saturation of oil colors prevent the white of the canvas from showing through. Tom does this because of his fascination with the surface of painting. This manner allows the most exciting surface. The final painting on the home done in the summer of 09 and the new baby added in December. This is the next level of Tom's work with little people. Three years prior he started with a series of small works each with an individual of about 6 inches high. In this work, the 6-inch figures are actual people.

Bucky, 24" x 30", oil on canvas, December 30, 2008

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

Martin Cats, 12" x16", oil on canvas, 1995

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

Patty, 16" x 12", oil on canvas, 1989

Miss Page, 24" x 30", oil on canvas, 1988

Killer, 12" x 16", oil on canvas, 1980

Hiroshima mon Amore

Oil on canvas, 1979

The oil painting shows a woman looking up at a floating earth. A snake encircles the earth and is about to strike. Below the earth is a tiger who is about to bite the snake. In the background is a nuclear explosion. Behind the woman is a tall ornate enclosed chair.

Painted for Birdie Bloch, a great patron of Tom's. He painted her portrait several times and in this painting she let Tom do what he wanted. He painted an allegory about the benefits and dangers of Nuclear energy. Tom spent a lot of time at the circus to study the tigers. The bench is from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The blast in the background was from a famous nuclear cloud photo.

The painting is an allegory of threat. Painted in 1980 at the end of the Cold War it was meant to show the nuclear treat of the Cold War. The woman represents humanity and the tiger in front of her represents the powers available to her. The chair behind her represents her authority. The Earth represents herself and the snake represents the treat of a nuclear holocaust.  Today the treat is different but still there.

Parrot, 18.5" x 40", oil on board, 1979

Colors: Emerald blue, gray blue, red earth, olive greenThis very early work was painted from life in a pet shop on Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village, New York City. Tom work for several days in the pet shop in very tight quarters. The painting is done on an old door made out of 1/4" plywood harkening back to the days when Tom could not afford canvas and stretchers.

Rudy, 16" x 12", oil on canvas, 1978

Trudy, 30" x 24 ", oil on canvas, 1978

Jean Vincent, Oil on canvas, 30" x 30", 1976, Painted for 12 French apple pies, Commission

Decent Of The Female Anima, 4' x 8', Oil on canvas, 1976

Portrait of woman with dog by Tom Lohre.

Susan Lohre, 30" x 40", Oil on canvas, 1976

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