Portrait of Two Men Rhett Fire and Todd Jefferies riding on a Arabian Horse Traditional Oil Painting on Canvas by Tom Lohre
The composition is arranged around the sun signs of Rhett and Todd. Tom spent a good amount of time studying bulls at the Bronx Zoo but Rhett preferred a horse. The horse is painted in the manner of the Arabian stallions Ralph had been painting for the Sheiks of Saudi Arabia.
Rhett Fire was an eclectic gentleman that spun attractive yarns. A dashing young man with boundless energy and enthusiasm, he lived in New York City when Tom was living there. Rhett commissioned two portraits of his lovers.
The first portrait was with Mel Odem depicting them riding on top of a dragon flying in the clouds in the background a palace disco center in the shape of the space shuttle or a tall round pillar with a rounded cone on top. Rhett was working on an entertainment complex like in the background. The saddle was modeled after a spider in Palm Beach. The painting was later purchased by the owner of the Monster, a gay bar in Greenwich Village just up the street from Tom's apartment. The painting hangs in the foyer of the bar.
Rhett was never ending lateness. His wallet was so loose numerous young men like Tom would wait hours to be with him. He was honored to have him come to his ten by thirty foot railroad car apartment on the second floor of 89 Christopher Street to pose. Tom was asking for money from Rhett and Rhett would ask for money from his sugar daddy an actor and voice over specialist. Tom was partially paid by using the gas credit card from Rhett’s sugar daddy. Tom also painted his daughter who lived with his wife in Cleveland. One time Rhett packed up Tom and a friend to descend on her modest home. On the way there in the newly serviced red Mercedes they stopped for gas and discovered that there was no oil in the crankcase. Diesels can run without oil so it was not a disaster. Tom worked on the composition and the photography for the painting of his daughter. She posed at the base of a tree with Lake Erie in the distance. The rest of the trip was without mishap, except the crazy life that Rhett and all those within his reach experienced.
In the nineteen eighties AIDS struck NYC. Rhett was one of the first to be afflicted his partner and wife followed. The paintings were never delivered. The portrait of Rhett and Mel Odem did hang in the Monster Bar 80 Grove Street, Greenwich Village.
Tom is an artist who paints portraits, commissions, landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes and outer space and creates robotic artists and art machines.
The amazing thing about Tom's progress is that he is moving towards creating robot machines that paint, talk and maybe even thinks like him. In a world where apprenticeship under a master is considered passé, Tom looks to instill his knowledge in a machine.
Tom paints formal
portraits in the manner of: William Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905. These
paintings are oil painted a la prima on a very smooth scrapped gessoed
canvas stretched on board. The colors are as transparent as possible and
all the edges are hard.
Finished 1983, 4’ x 5’, oil on canvas can be shipped rolled up with the painting on the outside of the roll in a box 12” x 12” x 60”, the stretchers inside weighing 15 pounds. Shipping is not free as listed in shipping, packing and shipping fees to be determined. Painting can be picked up in Cincinnati for free or delivered by the artist within a two hundred mile radius for a determined fee.
Brief History of the
Other rights and obligations between the artist and owner of the physical part of the artwork outlined in the Receipt of the Artworks Physical Part listed at http://tomlohre.com/contract1.htm. For any restoration and repair work, please call the artist, Thomas George Lohre, Jr., 513-236-1704, tom at tomlohre.com
All information believed correct but cannot be guaranteed.
Kaldi’s Coffee Shop,
Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio
Rhett Fire & Mel Odem
5' x 4', oil on canvas, July 1st, 1983
The first painting commissioned by Rhett. Rhett was working on a entertainment complex like in the background. The saddle was modeled after a spider in Palm Beach. The painting was later purchased by the owner of the Monster, a gay bar in Greenwich and just up the street from Tom's apartment. The painting hung in the foyer of the bar for many years until it was taken downstairs and then later to a private home.
Oil on canvas, 26" x 30", June 1st, 1978
Painted while in Cleveland visiting Rhett's wife and daughter. The view in the background is Cleveland. They lived within a few feet from the water. A funny story Tom remembers about the trip home is that Rhett just got his red Mercedes out of the shop and Tom finally figured out while driving it late in the night on the way to Cleveland that the mechanics failed to put any oil in the engine. The rest of the trip was without mishap, except the regular running crazy life that Rhett and all those within his reach experienced.