Tom Loepp (born June 4, 1954) is an American figurative, landscape, and portrait painter. Following High School in lieu of going to University he studied figure drawing from life for many years . He started his career drawing portraits in public and eventually honed his portraiture skills at night on the streets of Greenwich Village, NYC in the late 1970s. He then also began painting plein air cityscapes of New York City.
Loepp's paintings are held in such collections as the Museum of the City of New York, Campbell's Soup, London, UK, the United States Supreme Court, Washington, DC, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Menlo Park, CA, Columbia Presbyterian's Babies Hospital, NYC, and Stanford Law School, Stanford, CA.
He has shown in numerous exhibitions including the Centennial Exhibition of the Bridge at the Brooklyn Museum, "Painting New York" at the Museum of the City of New York, "The Zen of Chaos": a one-person exhibit at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City, SD, and the "Big as Life" art exhibit at the Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT.
In 1988 during the renovation of the Brooklyn Bridge, Loepp painted from the top of the Bridge, paintings of the workers, and the renovation against the backdrop of New York City. Peter B. Kaplan took photos of him painting on top of the bridge which were published.
Soon after that Tom Loepp spent two years painting views of New York City and New Jersey from the top of the World Trade Center.
“I found that there is a life and energy one can achieve in a painting which can best be gotten through direct observation from nature. My life would become a series of experiences and my drawings and paintings are memories of those experiences. To make the world my studio and its inhabitants my models seemed, if not profound, at least interesting.”
The Museum of the City of New York, NYC
Stanford Law School, Stanford, CA
Campbell's Soup, London, UK
United States Supreme Court, Washington, DC
United States District Court, New York, NY
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Menlo Park, CA
Warshaw Burstein Law Offices, New York, NY
Yale University, Hartford, CT
Barnard College, New York, NY
Trinity Church, New York, NY
The Colony Club, New York, NY
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
The Rouse Corporation, Baltimore, MD
Phillips Exeter Academy, New Hampshire
University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, VA
The Nicolaysen Art Museum and Discovery Center, Casper, WY
The Church of the Holy Innocents, New York, NY
McCarter and English Law Offices, Newark, NJ
Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
White and Case Law Offices, New York, NY
Columbia Presbyterian's Babies Hospital, NYC