T. E. Breitenbach

T. E. Breitenbach
BornThomas E. Breitenbach
(1951-07-29) July 29, 1951 (age 66)
Queens, New York, United States
Known forPainting
AwardsRome Prize Fellowship


‹ The template Infobox person has been considered for merging. › Thomas E. Breitenbach (given birth to July 29, 1951 in Queens, NY) is usually a self-taught American designer most widely known for his painting Proverbidioms, a raucous and comical depiction of over 300 common proverbs and clichés. He also collaborated with Jim Morrison from the Doors, soon before Morrison’s loss of life, on the painting designed for make use of on his An American Prayer recording. Breitenbach studied structures and good arts (within an impartial study system) in the University or college of Notre Dame, before departing to be the youngest person to get the Rome Reward Fellowship in visible arts. Breitenbach dropped the second 12 months from the fellowship and, influenced from the castles and museums of European countries, returned home decided to create a castle-studio to accommodate his art and finally turn into a museum. Through the planning phases he colored Proverbidioms and later on published it.

Periods and technique

Breitenbach’s earliest functions are dark allegories spurred by his eyesight of man’s nature to be hopelessly irrational and violent. Affected by Carl Jung, Breitenbach's topics are built using archetypal icons and are designed to provoke solid emotional responses from your observer. Breitenbach stresses these paintings aren't surrealism, because surrealists have a tendency to make use of personal and desire symbols that are not an effective type of vocabulary. He was granted the Rome Reward in 1973 from the Culture of Fellows from the American Academy in Rome in the visible arts category.In 1974, Breitenbach started focus on a painting of modern proverbs, idioms, and clichés, after feeling challenged by an assessment of Pieter Bruegel's sixteenth-century painting of Dutch proverbs, Netherlandish Proverbs, suggesting that language was particularly vibrant "in the past". This became Proverbidioms, his best-known function, finished in 1975 at age 24. This huge painting illustrates over 300 common expressions like "You are everything you consume", "butterflies in the belly", "the corporate jungle", etc, and determining the sayings became some sort of puzzle for his target audience. Proverbidioms continues to be converted into a poster, jigsaw puzzle, and made an appearance on it show Beverly Hillsides, 90210 in a few shows.Breitenbach's extensive usage of humor within this function was a significant departure through the disposition of his early paintings, though public commentary continues to be within Proverbidioms, for instance in the sewer tube running in to the river, as well as the light female vs. dark male representing "I've got a bone tissue to choose with you," a mention of both women's as well as the civil privileges actions. Breitenbach further keeps very much can be revealed about guy’s character through the literal painting of his expressions. As a result, the artist didn't shy from putting wise expressions such as for example "Don't put all of your eggs in a single container", and "Many hands make light function", alongside crude types like, "toned as a panel" and "knockers". In 1980 the musician began posting posters of the and other functions. These became very popular both because of their entertainment value as well as for make use of in education.After his marriage in 1979 as well as the birth of his first child, Breitenbach's paintings became particularly colorful. He blames this for the ultra-bright playthings which were strewn about the home, but his painting technique also enhances this. He uses traditional Flemish oil-glazes, a careful procedure. Light penetrates the clear paint layers, stunning the pure-white gesso sections (manufactured from chalk and glue) and reflecting back again at the audience, developing a luminous effect.Breitenbach continued to paint twelve even more such humorous puzzle paintings, frequently with specific styles (see "Main Functions", below).

Jim Morrison triptych

In nov 1970, while still at college, Breitenbach delivered pictures of his artwork to Jim Morrison and wanted to color an album cover. Morrison recognized and delivered Breitenbach his tips for the triptych,[1] along with two autographed, personal editions of his poetry. Morrison loved the completed painting and asked if he might use it with an record of poetry he was focusing on. This is his An American Prayer record released seven years after his loss of life. Unfortunately, the record’s producers weren't alert to Morrison’s purpose to utilize the painting.

Building a castle

In 1976, Breitenbach began constructing yourself a little castle, on property provided him by his father. The 1st stage was an octagon and tower, influenced from the Victorian-era publication The Octagon Home by Orson Fowler. Fowler suggested the octagon as a perfect and economical form for a residence. For Breitenbach, it had been also suitable for a castle. In 1987 he added a big studio room addition. Breitenbach quarried rocks (some so long as 12 ft) from a close by creek, cut trees and shrubs for lumber, and salvaged a collapsing carriage barn for beams and siding. He forged iron equipment, made leaded-glass home windows, home furniture, carvings, tilework, and a fresco, in order that lots of the arts will be displayed. He intends to keep the castle and paintings behind like a museum.

Hieronymus, A Musical Fantasy

Hieronymus, A Music Fantasy can be an initial music with music, lyrics, and publication by Breitenbach about Hieronymus Bosch "An designer having a 'too-large' creativity". The musical was staged and produced its globe premiere at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady NY in 2016 for the intended purpose of filming it for general public television.

Other art forms

Breitenbach offers written an illustrated dream book and a publication of painting secrets, designed fonts, composed film music, and written musicals, including Hieronymus, A Music Dream a partly autobiographical tale about medieval dream designer Hieronymus Bosch and his over-active creativity.

List of major works

Allegorical paintings

(1970) The Morrison Triptych [2] (1970, 1985) Misused Cupid [3] (1971) Know as Arc [4] (1971) The Crucifixion [5] (1972) Muchruins [6] (1972, 1985) The Myth from the Cave [7] (1974) Wings [8] (1980) The Enticement of Saint Anybody [9] (2005) The Artist in His Studio: Developing Birds [10]

Puzzle paintings

(1975) Proverbidioms [11] (1977) Proverbidioms II [12] (1983) Catchpenny [13] (1985) Housecalls [14] (1991) Sporttease [15] (1992) Shakespearience [16] (1994) Eats [17] (1996) Things from the Garden [18] (1999) Greatest Proverbidioms [19] (2006) AN IMAGE of Health [20] (2007) Proverbidioms IV: Who Overlooked the Boat? [21]