A 2005 medical report by the United Nations claims that 3 percent of the world’s population is ambidextrous. Artist Tom Mosser is in that special group. The idea of using both hands for drawing and painting was inspired by playing basketball as a child. He calls it “Ambidextrous Impressionism”. In some situations he paints with both hands at the same time for greater efficiency or to create a look that he can’t quite achieve using just one. “It’s like being two people.”, he says.
At this time Mosser is focused on his Warrior, heART and “At the Museum” series. The Warrior series is inspired by his love of yoga and the classic Warrior pose. The heART series came about after years of creating heart based paintings for an annual “Anti-Valentines Day” charity event in Pittsburgh. He has compiled over 800 designs in his files. His is exploring sculptural pieces and small blotting pieces as well as canvas’s and clothing lines through Almart Publishing.
Mosser says, “I am incredibly inspired by the “At the Museum” theme. While at the MOMA in 2010 I was struck by the juxtaposition of a rather conservative woman standing mesmerized in front a huge and violent abstract painting. The idea was in place.” Mosser explains, “Placing a figure in front of one of my abstract pieces is a way to draw the viewer in. It’s a way to draw me in for that matter. The juxtapositions Mosser has in mind have the potential for both humor and controversy. The signature piece for the Museum series is “A Golden at the Museum”. The dog depicted in the scene admiring a giant painting of a tennis ball is based on his Golden Retriever named Lucas. The piece was shared over 100,000 times on Facebook in the month after it’s initial posting in March. It’s the first of many canine related works in the planning.