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Tom Baumgartner | Codex Sonora

February 11 – extended through June 5, 2022

Art Talk Wednesday, April 27, 12pm noon | Garden Pavilion

Deserts harbor mysteries, from lost civilizations to rarely seen creatures. They invite reverence, awe, and not a little fear. They spawn legends of ghosts, jackalopes, lost treasures. And, of course, they are places where occupants of extraplanetary spacecraft are locked away in caves inside mountains and government laboratories, carefully hidden from view at sites such as Area 51 and Roswell.


Imagine that the pilot of one of those crafts set it down in the middle of the Sonoran Desert, an alien in an alien landscape. Imagine further that our pilot—who is also artist and shaman—retreated to a quiet corner of an abandoned adobe out somewhere in the rocks and sand and, amazed, combined the most modern of graphic technologies with a found crow quill pen and India ink to record observations of the lifeforms and landscapes he (or she, or it) encountered along the way.


Codex Sonora is that record. It’s fittingly mysterious, made of extraordinary portraits accompanied by eldritch, nearly indecipherable text, along with elusive graphs and symbols and strange diagrams that point outward to the stars. Timeless and enchanting, it’s the Sonoran Desert’s answer to the Voynich manuscript and the Codex Seraphinianus, both eccentric and enchanting.

Tom has painted in oil and drawn with ink for 30 years with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has lived in Tucson for 20 years and is actively involved with local arts organizations and founder of Wee Gallery. A life-long nature lover, his art focuses on the desert landscape, automatic writing, and aesthetics of science. Tom is currently Creative Director for AlphaGraphics in Tucson.

Tom Baumgartner | Islix Pinaleño  | offset lithograph


AA Pinacateix

offset lithograph

Unframed: 17″ h x 11″ w

Framed: 19″ h x 13″ w

$160

Amethyx

offset lithograph

Unframed: 17″ h x 11″ w

Framed: 19″ h x 13″ w

SOLD

O. Apachex

offset lithograph

Unframed: 17″ h x 11″ w

Apidaex

offset lithograph

Unframed: 17″ h x 11″ w

Framed: 19″ h x 13″ w

SOLD

Calyptix

offset lithograph

Unframed: 17″ h x 11″ w

Framed: 19″ h x 13″ w

SOLD

Canix

offset lithograph

Unframed: 17″ h x 11″ w

Framed: 19″ h x 13″ w

SOLD

Cardónix

offset lithograph

Unframed: 17″ h x 11″ w

Framed: 19″ h x 13″ w

$160

Cereus Lunix

offset lithograph

Unframed: 17″ h x 11″ w

Framed: 19″ h x 13″ w

SOLD

Gilax M

offset lithograph

Unframed: 17″ h x 11″ w

Framed: 19″ h x 13″ w

SOLD

Islix Pinaleño

offset lithograph

Unframed: 11″ h x 17″ w

Framed: 13″ h x 19″ w

$160

Javelinix

offset lithograph

Unframed: 17″ h x 11″ w

Framed: 19″ h x 13″ w

SOLD

Lepus Allenix

offset lithograph

Unframed: 17″ h x 11″ w

Framed: 19″ h x 13″ w

SOLD

Mohavix

offset lithograph

Unframed: 17″ h x 11″ w

Framed: 19″ h x 13″ w

$160

Obelix Havasupai

offset lithograph

Unframed: 17″ h x 11″ w

Framed: 19″ h x 13″ w

$160

Ocotillix Rosario

offset lithograph

Unframed: 17″ h x 11″ w

Framed: 19″ h x 13″ w

SOLD

Peregrix

offset lithograph

Unframed: 17″ h x 11″ w

Framed: 19″ h x 13″ w

$160

Pinacatix Senita

offset lithograph

Unframed: 17″ h x 11″ w

Framed: 19″ h x 13″ w

SOLD

Sonoran Deserex

offset lithograph

Unframed: 17″ h x 11″ w

Framed: 19″ h x 13″ w

SOLD

Speleox

offset lithograph

Unframed: 11″ h x 17″ w

Framed: 13″ h x 19″ w

$160

Tarantulix

offset lithograph

Unframed: 17″ h x 11″ w

Framed: 19″ h x 13″ w

$160

Terminus Pinacatix

offset lithograph

Unframed: 17″ h x 11″ w

Framed: 19″ h x 13″ w

SOLD


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