Wikipedia entry
Thomas Wilfred (June 18, 1889 in Naestved, Denmark – August 15, 1968 in Nyack, New York), born Richard Edgar Løvstrøm, was a visual artist, inventor, designer and musician. He is best known for his art of light, which he named lumia, and his designs for color organs called Clavilux. Wilfred was not fond of the term "color organ", and coined the word "Clavilux" from Latin meaning "light played by key". His innovative, mobile works prefigured the kinetic and op art movement and the advent of light art in America, and influenced subsequent generations of visual artists.
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Løvstrøm was born in Denmark and then later became an American citizen known as Thomas Wilfred. Studied art in Paris; studied voice in London; assumed professional name of Thomas Wilfred; moved to U.S. in 1916, naturalized 1922; studied photography, theatrical lighting design; d. Aug. 15, 1968; combined music composition, art and theatrical lighting into an art form.
American, Danish
Artist, Sculptor
Thomas Wilfred, Richard Egan Løvstrøm
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