Pin It
Favorite

Arts | First Friday 

A "Totem of Losers" among this month's gallery offerings

click to enlarge Portraits by John F. Thamm
  • Portraits by John F. Thamm

Peaceful Valley resident John F. Thamm's latest exhibit, showing this month at downtown Spokane's renowned Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, gets right to the heart of our current political climate. The collection of oil-on-canvas portraits — titled "Choice?" — depicts the likeness of two very familiar faces; Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Also included in the collection: the "Totem of Losers," featuring Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Carly Fiorina and Chris Christie.

Thamm has long relished creating artwork inspired by political and social issues, and other works over the span of his career make statements about humanity's views on war, politics and religion. Back in 2010, Thamm published a book featuring 50 portraits of local servicemen and women from all branches of the military, setting up an easel in the lobby of the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center in Spokane to transfer their likenesses onto canvas.

Early in Thamm’s career he became friends with Bob Ross, while Ross was stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base, and the two friends would often paint together in Thamm’s Peaceful Valley studio. Throughout his artistic career, Thamm has also worked as a courtroom sketch artist, covering high-profile events including Ruby Ridge, the Aryan Nations in North Idaho and the siege at Waco. This latest exhibit builds on Thamm’s years of experience as an accomplished portrait artist and decades of observations about how society reacts to tragedy, hypocrisy and corruption.

For a complete listing of First Friday events this month, visit Inlander.com/FirstFriday.

Related Events

  • First Friday @ Spokane

    • 1 going/interested
  • Pin It

Latest in Arts & Culture

  • Variations of Zuill
  • Variations of Zuill

    Badass cellist. Musical missionary. Grammy winner. Zuill Bailey redefines Bach for the 21st century
    • Feb 16, 2017
  • Backstage Story
  • Backstage Story

    Behind the preparation and precaution: Why it practically takes a village to put on a Cirque du Soleil show
    • Feb 16, 2017
  • The Genius of Bach
  • The Genius of Bach

    His lasting influence, and a look at this year's Bach Festival schedule
    • Feb 16, 2017
  • More »

Comments


Comments are closed.

Today | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon
Visualizing Science

Visualizing Science @ Prichard Art Gallery

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through April 15

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Chey Scott

Most Commented On

  • Partisan Pagans

    The political divide is even splintering Spokane's witches
    • Feb 2, 2017
  • Finding the Words

    The sounds of 8,000 people taking to the streets of Spokane
    • Jan 26, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • The Longest Walk
  • The Longest Walk

    A graphic look at one of Spokane's most remarkable and least known stories
    • Dec 17, 2015
  • Blind Faith
  • Blind Faith

    In a vacant lot by the railroad tracks, an unlikely friendship is found
    • Jan 7, 2016

© 2017 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation