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Douglas Hofmann
Posted by Graphica on 11/7/2007 4:32:37 PM (ET)
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Douglas Hofmann's art is concerned with fleeting moments, portraying brief glimpses seized from the current of the stream of time. The viewer is made witness to a series of intimate but ephemeral exchanges. Hofmann's trained eye holds a magic looking glass up to the world and transient moments otherwise missed are reflected and preserved there to be observed at leisure. Born in 1945, Hofmann was the only child of German-American parents, and lived his entire life in Baltimore, Maryland.

The ideas for Hofmann's work are a combination of serendipity and planning. Hofmann has rather rigid ideas about which models he will use and which sorts of props and settings he likes to explore. Yet, when all the elements come together, he uses his artistic sensibilities, along with trial and error, to create what he hopes will be successful images. In his most recent works, he have been concentrating on street scenes and unique outdoor settings. Nearly every image he paints or draws is composed and initially created photographically. Photography stops light, and is therefore the very best way to keep an image pure. This is not to say that, when necessary, he doesn't wander from the original image in his photograph.

"I am considered to be part of the ‘Maroger’ school, which is really nothing more than a group of artists, originally centered around Baltimore, who have largely set out to re-discover the techniques of the old masters, and more specifically the actual chemical compositions of the oil paint used in the Netherlands during the 16th and 17th Centuries. Beyond this, my working methods are typical. First, I draw a semi-detailed drawing onto my carefully prepared board. I do this in basic shades, which, when done completely, fleshes the image out in terms of shapes, and relative contrasts between the different elements in the picture. This blocks out my image. Then, in colour, I paint the picture in its entirety. Following this, I paint the entire piece a second time, hopefully bringing it very close to the final look I am aiming for. The oil paint I use is forgiving in the hands of an experienced artist, and it allows me to work and re-work parts of a painting numerous times until I am happy. It is time consuming, and requires a fair amount of patience to bring an image, through layers and layers of paint, to a finished look that I am happy with..." Read Biography

 
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