Size: 17"W x 12"H x 0.1"D
Year Created: 2017
Tom is inspired by several recurring themes: sadness, dance, the female form, and music. He draws/paints almost exclusively on vintage pages from old dictionaries, sheet music, book pages, maps, etc., some of which are more than 100 years old. He uses India ink and ink wash, creating depth and emotion through the pureness of black and white. Tribute to Chris Cornell, the lead singer of Soundgarden, Audioslave, and Temple of the Dog after his death. A 12x17" ink wash on vintage sheet music of the song Just Another Day Wasted Away (not related to any of his bands.)
Sulbone is Tom Sullivan. Sulbone (pronounced sull-bone) is the nickname Tom received in college that stuck. He is a self-taught artist that began expressing himself through art in his forties -- a late bloomer. He could be referred to as an "emerging artist," one with no formal training but a compulsion to create; one who NEEDS to draw/paint as a creative outlet and form of expression, with the goal of connecting with others through moving and passionate art. Although he initially started drawing in pencil and then ink using crosshatching for shading, Tom now almost exclusively draws/paints using India ink on vintage paper. The paper may be old dictionary pages, sheet music, maps, etc. Most of the paper is 100 years old or more, making each piece he does a unique juxtaposition of the past and the present -- creating new out of old. The pages are repurposed to bring an emotional connection to his art. The pieces range in size from 8x10" to several feet in size. Tom is married to his loving and supportive wife, Angie, who is his inspiration and a patient and accepting soul. Tom and Angie have two sons, Riley and Christian, 23 and 19 respectively. They live in Lincoln, Nebraska with their two Great Danes, Seamus and Finnegan. Sulbones art can be purchased online through Saatchi Art (see the Sales/Commissions page for more info.) He also has works available for purchase at Metro Gallery in downtown Lincoln, and the Douglas Baehr Salon in South Lincoln, The art may be purchased as an original if available, or as a print where you pick the size and whether it's printed on paper or canvas. He accepts limited commission pieces, focusing on his typical style and subject matter (not family portraits, pictures, etc.) Customers choose both the size and the type of paper used.