|Doc Holiday 40"x30"|
|Wyatt Earp 40"x30" |
Myths and truth are the narratives that run through the distinctive paintings by Thom Ross
. In his art, Thom paints famous Western characters in a distinctive way that tells a more complex story than the traditional historical myths we have come to know. “I’m a storyteller who paints,” he says.
Some of Thom's most well know paintings is his ongoing series of works about the Gunfight at O.K. Corral. Here is a bit of background on the Gunfight at O.K. Corral from Wikipedia
The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral was a gunfight that took place at about 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 26, 1881, in Tombstone, Cochise County, Arizona Territory, of the United States and which is generally regarded as the most famous gunfight in the history of the American Old West. The gunfight, believed to have lasted only about thirty seconds, was fought between the outlaw Cowboys Billy Clanton, Tom McLaury and his brother Frank McLaury, and the opposing lawmen Virgil Earp and his brothers Morgan and Wyatt Earp, aided by Doc Holliday acting as a temporary deputy of Virgil. Cowboys Ike Clanton and Billy Claiborne ran from the fight unharmed, but Ike's brother Billy Clanton, along with both McLaurys, were killed. Lawmen Holliday and Morgan and Virgil Earp were wounded. Only Wyatt Earp came through the fight unharmed. The fight has come to represent a time in American history when the frontier was open range for outlaws opposed by law enforcement that was spread thin over vast territories, leaving some areas unprotected.
|Clanton Gang Crossing Allen Street 18"x18" giclee print
And here are a couple from our image archives. Some, Thom painted many years ago:
|The Gunfight at OK Corral oil on canvas 48"x72" 2009
|Waiting in the Corral, oil on canvas 48"x48" 2005|
|Midnight Tombstone Quartet 2005|
|Billy Clanton, 2001|
|Virgil Earp, 2001|
|Tom McLaury is Dead, 2001|
|Billy Clanton's Last Shot, 2001|