Emmett Lohrman: Where Art and Religion Meet

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St. Charles artist Emmett Lohrman decided to concentrate on Christ's life as a subject because he lamented the lack of religion in art. He chose a triangular style because it symbolized the Holy Trinity and was original.

Lorhman titled his 34 watercolors centered on the life of Christ "Trinity." The figures are painted in a variety of vibrant colors similar to stained glass and in a geometric pattern reminiscent of woodcuts. Lohrman works in both of those media as well as oil, charcoal and acrylic painting.

Lohrman has won numerous local and national art awards. His work hangs in private collections around the country and in the collections of area corporations and organizations. The Trinity series was recently featured on a local cable television show in connection with St. Louis University's program "Mirroring of Religious Art in Modern Times."

The 34 paintings are displayed through April 9 at Paul Stuart Design, 4101 Mexico Road, St. Peters.

One of Lohrman's paintings is a close-up family portrait of Mary, Joseph and Jesus. There is one of Jesus and Mary in the Pieta style of the famous Michelangelo sculpture. Lohrman used the miracle of the loaves and fishes as the subject for another canvas.

Resurrection themes include the crucifixion and another of soldiers throwing dice for Jesus' robe.

Lohrman said that, in all his travels and research, he has yet to see anything like his triangular style of painting. …