oil pastel on metal; 10×8″
“2:21 p.m. April 23, 2020, Jordan Ware was found dead from a gunshot wound at Irving and Forest near the playground between Vine and the Zoo. A print of this portrait will be placed at the site. I have many Sidewalk Shrine Portraits all over Cincinnati, a gesture that means a lot to the family and brings hope to a tragedy. The family receives the original art.”
ARTIST BIO: After graduating from Northern Kentucky University with a major in Communications and a minor in painting Tom moved to New York City and worked on Madison Ave. It lasted a year till he started painting formal old master portraits for a living. He still paints old master portraits but developed this manner that is truly his own.
June 1, 2020 at 8:09 pm
See past entries of Tom Lohre’s
You can see Tom’s Sidewalk Shrine Portraits at the shrines of the fallen around town. He adds at least one every year to coincide with Saad Ghosn’s SOS Show of Social Peace and Justice. He prints at the library and now it’s closed for a while due to COVID-19. The first one was in 2012 at Burnet and Forest. Angela Grayson was killed by a stray bullet. Down the road is Buchie Wood’s shrine portrait out front of the Cold n Quick at Vine and Forest. He was cut down with a stray bullet. Tom is always looking for more realtor yard signs to hold the art. In the beginning, Tom would paint the portraits in latex on scrapped gessoed board. Now he prints them on vinyl. The original art is an 8″ x 10″ canvas he gives to the family. When they wear out he replaces them.
June 1, 2020 at 10:16 pm
Timely is an understatement. Well done once again Tom. Your work always draws me in every year at the Peace and Justice show.