The Impermanence of Everything: “Ohio Bell” Is History
Ohio Bell, 1995, Tobin Sprout, 34" x 44", oil on canvas

Forever Reinvention The buyer of Ohio Bell acquires one of the few remaining Sprout paintings among the exceptional company of Sprout’s oversize photorealism. Works like “Osterizer,” “Fifth Street,” “Mixmaster,” “Motel Dairy Bar,” “Car Dashboard,” “Doors of the Victoria,” “Wympee Burger,” and the very early (noir/expressionist) “Telephone Booth,” are shining examples of photorealism that together define this […]

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Dialogue Box No. 1: Diana Young on Maine Landscapes

Social Sales Director T.R. Brogunier interviews Diana Young* on three dramatic 40 x 40″ landscape paintings from her work in the Maine landscape. If you have Roku, recommend you sit back on the couch to watch with YouTube on the big screen and listen to the artist give all the inside details on her work […]

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Carefully Described Terrain, Part 3 of 3: Now Leaving Modernism
“Fifth Street,” 1993, Tobin Sprout, American b. 1955, 42 x 32 inches, oil on canvas, $9800 – “Facebook First” listing. New large photorealism from Tobin Sprout shows a deserted street corner surrounded by downtown buildings in Dayton, Ohio. A large cigarette billboard is over exposed in light with a prominent flag theme and giant, legible warning. Reflected light baths corner in fluorescence, evocative of Edward Hopper urban night scenes of the mid-century. Featured in Flood’s three-part essay, “Carefully Described Terrain.” Read, “Part I: The Billboard” here. All major paintings include provenance and certification of authenticity by Flood Content. Request advance documentation for this image here.

Off-Screen Drama Now that the scene has been set and the lighting tweaked to perfection, we can see there are actually two players in this drama. We see a feminine shadow cast from the window above the fire hydrant and a masculine shadow cast from the elevated street light. Continued from “Carefully Described Terrain, Sprout’s […]

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Carefully Described Terrain, Part 2 of 3: Shifting Light
Fifth Street, 1993, Tobin Sprout, American b. 1955, 42 x 32 inches, oil on canvas

The second indication that Sprout isn’t making ‘a pretty picture,’ comes from the dominant light in Fifth Street. The majority of the lighting in this painting comes from the reflected ‘remnant’ light bounced off the billboard and spilling onto the sidewalk. Continued from “Carefully Described Terrain, Sprout’s Fifth Street – Part 1 of 3,” published […]

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