Dorothy Lorenze

original oil paintings

Sweeney TOdd's Curtain Call

10x16" oil on board


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The straight razors in this painting are from an incredible collection of barber shop implements belonging to a friend. Although these particular razors haven't been used in decades, they are unbelievably sharp! A testament, I suppose, to a quality of materials and workmanship that is typical of a past age and something not seen in modern, commonplace objects.

I think that pride in workmanship is what draws me to the vintage treasures that I so enjoy painting. When you spend as long as it takes to make a realistic painting its all the more satisfying if the thing you are painting is a thing of beauty and these razors are works of art.

The title of this painting also gives a nod to the art of theater. The razors were suspended in a line and when playing with where to place the light to get the most interesting shadows... a star was born. Or at least recollected. Kind of a combination of A Chorus Line and Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.