Tom Baumgartner – Calyptix


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Artist: Tom Baumgartner

Title: Calyptix

Medium: offset lithograph

Size: 11″ x 17″


In this piece, I was thinking of a couple things. One, the bird’s constant role as pollinator. Two, the maneuverability and miracle of its hovering flight, not to mention the iridescent ruby pink throat of an Anna’s Hummingbird. Wings flapping at twice the speed of any other bird with 360 degrees of vision and energy, enough to stay in flight for 50 minutes at a time. Imagine the invisible swirls of air currents churned up around it. The tiny, squeaky chirp is the actual frame of the piece represented by graphic sound waves that you might find in an audio program. The X’s in the piece are a comment on the path a bird may take throughout the day. Hiking through the desert, the dull ring of silence may only be broken by the gravel crunching under your boots. Even if nothing seems to move, you will undoubtedly encounter a hummingbird. You will undoubtedly hear their high-pitched tweets.

Biography: 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 been actively involved with local arts organizations as well as the founder of Wee Gallery. A life-long nature lover, his art has a focus on the desert landscape,

Tom Baumgartner Exhibition History: 

A(maze)ing Maps and Legends 2016
Sonoran Symbiosis 2016
Desert Corridors 2017
Arizona Otherworldly 2018
Pollen Path 2019
Queen of the Night 2017, 2018, 2019
10 x 10 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019