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Seven Political Works by DC Artist Thomas Durham

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Thomas Durham is a multi-talented artist who works in Washington, DC. His art has appeared in various museums and exhibits there.

More than two hundred of Durham's works can be found at his website by clicking here. Many of these are too "Americana" for my taste; but if you visit Tom's website and provide the name(s) of works you particularly like in a comment to this article, they will be considered closely for subsequent articles at OEN.

The three works that initially caught Rob Kall's eye (and mine) are Durham's three "Rats" Depictions of Congress.

If these seem exceptionally appropriate to you as depictions of the human life forms in Congress, request that they be set aside for future OEN articles and common use by OEN authors in pieces highly critical of that most august body. Post your request in a comment to this article, mentioning that you will look for future articles displaying one of the "Rat" depictions when you peruse OEN's front page for pieces to read.

Durham's three "rat-collages" are mixed-media computer works, using chalks and pastels on paper. At the artist's website, they are presently at the "Weekly Art Update":



Congressional Session



Congress in Financial Debate



Congress Answering to Big Business

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And there follow four other political works from the artist's website:



Stop the Music I Want to Get Off


The Political Life


War Series The Crucifixion


War Series War For Oil 2

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And finally, one of the artist's self-portraits, which in fact is a sculptured head:


Self-Portrait (Sculpture)

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I have a law degree (Stanford, 66') but have never practiced. Instead, from 1967 through 1977, I tried to contribute to the revolution in America. As unsuccessful as everyone else over that decade, in 1978 I went to work for the U.S. Forest (more...)
 
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"Thanks it made not only my day but my weekTom"... by GLloyd Rowsey on Friday, May 21, 2010 at 9:51:13 AM
I want to see more of Tom Durham's work in future ... by James Hill on Friday, May 21, 2010 at 10:24:07 AM
James.... by GLloyd Rowsey on Friday, May 21, 2010 at 10:54:15 AM
What an interesting piece of art! I could study th... by Tiina Veko on Friday, May 21, 2010 at 1:50:57 PM
I think the look of satiation on the face of the f... by GLloyd Rowsey on Friday, May 21, 2010 at 2:03:36 PM
Since I am a Picasso fan, "The Political Life" app... by Sheila Samples on Friday, May 21, 2010 at 3:06:15 PM
Brilliant, best art I've seen in a while! In your ... by insydout on Friday, May 21, 2010 at 7:58:02 PM
Thank you, this is strong work. Is the sculpture "... by John Ohannesian on Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 2:12:46 AM
The sculpture is bronze much more on the websiteht... by Tom Durham on Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 5:30:29 AM
clearly draw parallels between the indifferent vio... by John Sanchez Jr. on Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 7:34:51 AM
Tom said in an email that his War Series images ar... by GLloyd Rowsey on Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 12:42:55 PM
I saw a television show about Francisco Goya on Ov... by John Sanchez Jr. on Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 2:22:18 PM
Although their tails are hairless, rats have a thi... by sometimes blinded on Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 5:04:28 PM
Really thought provoking artworks. Thanks for doin... by David McCauley on Sunday, May 23, 2010 at 9:51:35 AM
I have learned over the years that cat people are ... by Sheila Samples on Sunday, May 23, 2010 at 11:04:44 AM
Sheila - We've had 7 cats over the last 40 years..... by David McCauley on Sunday, May 23, 2010 at 12:21:43 PM
I have two, or rather they have me. One named Warr... by GLloyd Rowsey on Sunday, May 23, 2010 at 8:44:20 PM
I do have cats and yes they do train us. Recently ... by Tom Durham on Sunday, May 23, 2010 at 11:59:36 AM