Limited Edition Offset Lithographs

The Tom Lea Institute presents two Tom Lea offset lithographs, Southwest and Star Map, each numbered in an edition of 365 and embossed with the Tom Lea Institute chop.

To order your print(s) contact:
Lauren Ruiz at 915 533-0048 or LRuiz@tomlea.net
or
Arturo Flores at 915 533-0048 or aflores@tomlea.net

Members of Tom Lea Institute receive a 10% discount.

 

2012 DOnors & Members

Southwest
Tom Lea, 1956, oil on canvas mural, 64” x 240”
El Paso (Texas) Public Library

Print measures 17” x 36”, which includes 4" of white border around image area.
Price: $200.00 non-members | $180.00 Members (tax within Texas $16.50 non-members | $14.85 Members)
Shipping and handling free of charge

El Paso citizens passed a bond issue to build a new public library and Tom Lea offered to paint a mural in it as a gift to his town. A space was planned in the building’s design opposite the main entrance in a room dedicated to the library’s reference material relating to Paso del Norte and the Southwest. Tom’s wife, Sarah, helped him with the mural, signing her name in the bottom right corner by his. The painting began in April of 1956 and was finished in May, taking shape as a “luminous window looking out upon its birthland. It spoke of space, sun, cloud, rain, wind, mountain, mesa, rock, sand, soil, and of living growth nurtured by them. The only human habitant of this elemental landscape was the viewer of the mural; the landscape’s horizon was at the viewer’s eye level when standing on the library’s floor. It was the earth, inhabited only by the viewer’s mind.” Tom Lea, A Picture Gallery, Boston: Little Brown and Company, p. 157-159.

 

 

2012 DOnors & Members

Star Map
Tom Lea, 1932, pen and ink, 17.5" x 17.75"
Collection of James Dighton Lea

Print measures 26” x 26”, which includes 4" of white border around image area
Price: $200.00 non-members | $180.00 Members (tax within Texas $16.50 non-members | $14.85 Members)
Shipping and handling free of charge

Tom Lea left his home in El Paso, Texas to attend the Art Institute of Chicago in 1924. He married fellow art student Nancy Taylor and stayed in Chicago until 1933, working on murals for the architectural firm Holabird and Root. The Leas lived in a one-room kitchenette on the tenth floor of an apartment building on Fullerton Avenue at the edge of Lincoln Park, but with no view of the trees and the grass. Tom was homesick for the “bright sun, clear air, huge space in southwestern country.” He would make drawings of escape—including this star map—with a Right Ascension timetable of the constellations in the northern heavens. Tom Lea wrote that he saw in his mind’s eye “the North Star and the Big Dipper over Mount Franklin at home, remembering how the little dots of white I placed and lettered made the shape of old Orion coming up over the Huecos on a fall evening, or the Lyre with bright Vega high overhead in the quietness at Mimbres on a summer night.” Tom Lea, A Picture Gallery, Boston: Little Brown and Company, p. 7-8.