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Jumping Clifton Cow

Watercolor on paper, 8" x 10", January 2003

Tom lives in Clifton, a neighborhood of Cincinnati. The cow got loose from a nearby meatpacking plant and roamed the woods for 11 days then captured on the street one block North from his home.
Cincinnati Freedom (born c.1995–December 29, 2008), also known as Charlene Mooken, was a 1,050-pound Charolais cow. She finished off her days in the Watkins Glen Farm Sanctuary after being saved. Cinci's rise to stardom began on February 15, 2002, when she leapt over a six-foot fence at Ken Meyers Meats, an Ohio slaughterhouse, and escaped. After eluding the traps and tranquilizer darts of SPCA officials and police officers for 11 days, she was finally captured just after midnight on February 26 in Clifton, Cincinnati, Ohio. This sepia watercolor was painted for a resident on the McAlpin where the cow was captured.
Tom started painting watercolors just before he moved out of New York City. He was studying Thomas Rowlandson’s watercolor manner. Since studying a new manner takes years to master as well as painting a lot of studies, he needed a way to provide a finished piece that was simple. He settled on painting on bottle labels after painting it with gesso and cutting off the top of the bottle. His manner eventually developed into a paint box lined on four sides with 50 small film containers each with a particular color inside. Each color was represented with five values of tint. Inside the paint box was paper with each value painted in front of the container. The colors were applied with steel pens and sable brushes.
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. Tom went on to produce many portraits on Perrier & Wiedemann beer bottles with the tops cut off.
Thomas Rowlandson (13 July 1757 – 21 April 1827) was an English artist and caricaturist of the Georgian Era, noted for his political satire and social observation. A prolific artist and printmaker, Rowlandson also produced highly explicit erotica for a private clientele. A patron gave Tom a printed collection of Rowlandson’s pornographic work. Rowlandson's designs were usually done in outline with the reed-pen, and delicately washed with color.


Illustration for MARY ANNE REESE poem "Inauguration", Watercolor on paper, 8.5" x 11", February 23, 2017, Figures, Portraits, Commission

Tom's friend Saad Goshen publishes a book of poems matched to illustrations. This work is one of those illustrations. Tom lost interest in the work after completing the drawing and palette. Three weeks later he relearned everything he forgot creating figures with watercolor. Some of the staff of Hillary Clinton's Clifton, Cincinnati office played the roles: Caroline Lembright, Umeirra Umy Savani, Elena Saltzman, Radheya Kulkarni, Elena Saltzman, Jordan Thornlow, Jalakoi Solomon and Sean Young . Tom volunteered with them. Picking images of them off their Facebook pages. This incentive made it possible to plow through the work time from January 1 to February 23.

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50 hand made watercolor invitations for a Valentine Party, proved to be the solution to a two week "writers block" working on the Obama art below.


Groeber Home, Springfield, Ohio, 10" x 8", Watercolor on paper, Feb. 13, 1998


Fairview-Clifton School's Carriage House painted on a S.Pelegrino bottle, Skateboarder on back


African American TV entertainer watercolor on bottle label by Tom Lohre. African American TV entertainer watercolor on bottle label by Tom Lohre.

African American TV entertainers watercolor on bottle label.


 

The back label



Ahab, watercolor on paper, 5" x 7" Painted for a man who collects MAD magazines. Tom took the original Mort Drucker panel from the MAD parody of "Moby Dick" and put the collector into it.


Thomas Paine watercolor portrait by Tom Lohre.

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


Crystal Field  

Watercolor on painted wine label with the top cut off, 3 x  3 x 6, June 1st, 1993

George Bartenieff  

Watercolor on painted wine label with the top cut off, 3 x  3 x 6, June 10th, 1992

Tiny Tim  

Watercolor on painted 40oz beer label with the top cut off,  3 x 3 x 6, June 23rd, 1992  

Jumping Clifton Cow

Watercolor on paper, 8" x 10", January 2003

Tom lives in Clifton, a neighborhood of Cincinnati. The cow got loose from a nearby meatpacking plant and roamed the woods for 11 days then captured on the street one block North from his home.
Cincinnati Freedom (born c.1995–December 29, 2008), also known as Charlene Mooken, was a 1,050-pound Charolais cow. She finished off her days in the Watkins Glen Farm Sanctuary after being saved. Cinci's rise to stardom began on February 15, 2002, when she leapt over a six-foot fence at Ken Meyers Meats, an Ohio slaughterhouse, and escaped. After eluding the traps and tranquilizer darts of SPCA officials and police officers for 11 days, she was finally captured just after midnight on February 26 in Clifton, Cincinnati, Ohio. This sepia watercolor was painted for a resident on the McAlpin where the cow was captured.
Tom started painting watercolors just before he moved out of New York City. He was studying Thomas Rowlandson’s watercolor manner. Since studying a new manner takes years to master as well as painting a lot of studies, he needed a way to provide a finished piece that was simple. He settled on painting on bottle labels after painting it with gesso and cutting off the top of the bottle. His manner eventually developed into a paint box lined on four sides with 50 small film containers each with a particular color inside. Each color was represented with five values of tint. Inside the paint box was paper with each value painted in front of the container. The colors were applied with steel pens and sable brushes.
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. Tom went on to produce many portraits on Perrier & Wiedemann beer bottles with the tops cut off.
Thomas Rowlandson (13 July 1757 – 21 April 1827) was an English artist and caricaturist of the Georgian Era, noted for his political satire and social observation. A prolific artist and printmaker, Rowlandson also produced highly explicit erotica for a private clientele. A patron gave Tom a printed collection of Rowlandson’s pornographic work. Rowlandson's designs were usually done in outline with the reed-pen, and delicately washed with color.


Lorena Bobbit John Bobbit

Lorena Bobbit on one side and John on the other on a wine bottle with the top cut off


Harrisburg I

6" x 4-1/2", Watercolor on paper, 1992

Painted as a study for a larger oil painting.


Mt. Adams Laundry

4" x 6", Watercolor on paper, 1973


Dad on his Morgan 36' 5-3/4" x 4", watercolor on paper, 1973 Painted from life in Sandusky, Ohio while Tom was in college

 



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