Ohio Bell, 1995, Tobin Sprout, 34" x 44", oil on canvas

The Impermanence of Everything: “Ohio Bell” Is History

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…Read more The Impermanence of Everything: “Ohio Bell” Is History

"Fifth Street," 1993, Tobin Sprout, American b. 1955, 42 x 32 inches, oil on canvas

Carefully Described Terrain, Part 2 of 3: Shifting Light

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…Read more Carefully Described Terrain, Part 2 of 3: Shifting Light

"Fifth Street," 1993, Tobin Sprout, American b. 1955, 42 x 32 inches, oil on canvas

Carefully Described Terrain: Sprout’s Fifth Street – Part 1 of 3: The Billboard

For a painting that seems, at first glance, empty, Fifth Street is loaded with ideas. This dramatic noir streetscape from Tobin Sprout’s early 90’s sprint into large Photorealism has just been listed for sale, for the first time, online. In the profession of journalism, it is said that the most important part of the story is…Read more Carefully Described Terrain: Sprout’s Fifth Street – Part 1 of 3: The Billboard