Samples of the
Playwright's Paintings


"Proverbidioms" by T. E. Breitenbach, © 1975

"A Picture of Health" © 2006

"Proverbidioms IV: Who Missed the Boat" © 2007

"Accidents Waiting to Happen" © 2014

About the Playwright

           As a youngster, Mr. Breitenbach fondly remembers both his parents performing in community theatre. His mother taught him to play mandolin and piano at an early age. Later he played lead guitar and sang in rock and jazz groups and won first place in a high school talent contest for performing songs he had written. In college he studied architecture and fine arts, collaborated with Jim Morrison of the Doors on a painting, and before graduating, won a Rome Prize Fellowship to study art in Italy. 
          He eventually made a career for himself publishing his artwork, and received particular notoriety for his painting Proverbidioms, a collection of common proverbs and clichés 
which has sold hundreds of thousands of posters and licensed products and has recently been made into an app. His work has appeared on popular television shows as set pieces, and is pictured and discussed in over 30 books. 
          The paintings supported Breitenbach as he experimented with other art forms, including the construction of a small fairytale castle in the Helderbergs, where he lives and works. In the late 80's Breitenbach wrote an illustrated fantasy novel titled Grumparar's the New Creatures which he self-published. By the mid 90's he returned to writing music, and in 1998, by chance, he was given tickets to an imaginative premiere of a new musical. He was enchanted with musical theatre and decided to take on the challenge and the opportunity to combine the many art mediums he had already practiced into a comprehensive piece of entertainment.
          Hieronymus, his first musical, was further developed with the help of local theatre and music directors, choreographers, and performers at readings held at his studio and at the New York State Theatre Institute. Finally, there was a workshop performance and a CD recording.
          After working in isolation in the studio for so many years, Breitenbach says these were his happiest days. He says that theatre folk are particularly happy, and generous with giving their time to this medium they so love. He was also touched to experience an audience laughing, crying, and cheering at a presentation of his art, when the audiences found at his art openings were so restrained.
Most recently Mr. Breitenbach was featured on public television’s series AHA! Learn more about Mr. Breitenbach at his Website or on Wikipedia.

Thom Breitenbach in his youth, at the piano.


Artwork copyright T. E. Breitenbach. All rights reserved.