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Using luminescent acrylic paints, Tom Bacher paints landscapes and portraits with spectacular lighting effects. He combines different brands of fluorescent and phosphorescent paints to achieve the look he wants for various elements in paintings that incorporate the elements of time and change, such as “New York City,” below.

New York City Painting

New York City painting by Tom Bacher in daylight

“New York City”  (fluorescent and phosphorescent acrylic paints, 80 x 198) by Tom Bacher;  this image shows the painting in daylight. Scroll down to see two other photos of this painting taken at different time lapses.

Learn more about The Artist’s Magazine’s 2013 July/August issue, where the full article about Bacher and his technique appears. http://www.northlightshop.com/artists-magazine/?lid=CMtamar050113

“I consider paintings that glow—that emit their own light—as new, just as Impressionism was new at one time,” says Tom Bacher. “I look at Impressionism as the art movement that captured the sun and daylight effects, while today, with luminous colors, it’s possible to capture the night effects because we’re looking at the paintings in the dark. I’ve been using luminous pigments exclusively for 38 years, and I’m still discovering new things.”

Scroll down to see two other photos of “New York City” taken at different time lapses as well as four photos of another painting, “Marc Nebula,” by Bacher. The artist created these two paintings using phosphorescent and fluorescent acrylic paints. He’s provided us with photos of how each looks in different lighting—how their appearance changes over time.

Luminous Paints | Fluorescent vs. Phosphorescent

Both fluorescent and phosphorescent paints become luminescent after exposure to light; they absorb and then emit the light. Fluorescent paints glow with the aid of a black light, whereas phosphorescent paints glow in a black light and on their own. Fluorescent paints emit light temporarily, while phosphorescent paints have a more noticeable, enduring luminescence.

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This photo shows “New York City” right after the light is turned off.


phosphorescent paints still glow in this night view

Here the sunset has faded and only certain lights in the buildings still glow—those with phosphorescent touches.


“Marc Nebula” Painting

The painting “Marc Nebula” (fluorescent and phosphorescent paints, 24×18) is one of Bacher’s “Constellation” series that he is working on. Depending on the lighting, the painting can look more like a portrait, a constellation or a nebula!

Marc Nebula byTom Bacher shown in the light, painted with luminescent acrylic paints

The portrait “Marc Nebula” (fluorescent and phosphorescent acrylic paints, 24 x 18) by Tom Bacher, in the light


Mixing the fluorescent red with the phosphorescent—glow-in-the-dark—paint creates a red that glows in the dark, even without a black light in the image below. Scroll down to view the other images.

Bacher mised fluoresent red with phosphotexcn paint for this glow-in-the-dar effect even without a black light

“Marc Nebula” glosing right after the light is turned off.


how luminescent paintings glow after five minutes in the dark

This image shows the “Marc Nebula painting after five minutes in the dark.  The stars and linear drawing resemble constellation drawings.



phosphorescent paints are brightest after 10 minutes in the dark.

The painting looks like a night sky after 10 minutes in the dark.



Marc Nebula by Tom Bacher lit by a black lighty

Here the “Marc Nebula” painting, in a black light, glows brightly as it’s lit by a black light.




Tom Bacher earned his bachelor of arts degree from the Art Academy of Cincinnati and his master of arts degree from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. His work appears in numerous museums and corporate and private collections nationwide and has been exhibited in Paris, Zurich, and Brussels. Bacher is represented by Cincinnati Art Galleries. Visit his website, www.tombacher.com.

You can download The Artist’s Magazine’s 2013 July/August digital issue here to learn more about Tom Bacher’s techniques.
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