Tom Baumgartner – Cereus Lunix


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Artist: Tom Baumgartner

Title: Cereus Lunix

Medium: offset lithograph

Size: 11″ x 17″

Description: Flowering plants have symbiotic relationships with pollinators, but I was thinking about the cereus and its relationship with night. The timing of the moon cycles, quietly glowing shadows and moon light being the first light to illuminate the tissue paper thin petals. I was thinking about those tissue paper thin petals unfolding in the moon light, the first light to reflect back their pure whiteness. Overlaid in the background is a target, personal space symbols and a dotted diagram of moon craters. During the summer in the Southwest, there is great celebration centered on the Night Blooming Cereus. There is a great variety including the Queen of the Night that blooms only once a year; catching these lotus-like blooms on their special night is a real treat.The specimen depicted in my piece resides in my back yard. Blooming at night makes sense, when your main pollinator is bats. This succulent spreads out low along the ground, usually under shrubs or trees. It is not a Queen of the Night and blooms multiple times a year

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