Michael Hoffman

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My paintings are meditative studies done with rich colors and bold graphic compositions - I often incorporate circles, grids and stripes. The universality and appeal of this symbology pulls the viewer in and holds them there to explore the subtle details. I try to create work that both captivates and calms. I work with abstractions because I want to put forth something universal that can be open to interpretations that are unique to each individual and can continue to evolve over time. A common theme in my painting is the relationship between rigid linear form and the organic flow of nature, order and disorder. I feel this is reflective in many ways of our society and peoples’ longing for something more than the sterility of technology in our modern lives. I believe inclusion of these two elements creates a certain universal harmony in many of my paintings.  Continued >

 

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Biography


My paintings are meditative studies done with rich colors and bold graphic compositions - I often incorporate circles, grids and stripes. The universality and appeal of this symbology pulls the viewer in and holds them there to explore the subtle details. I try to create work that both captivates and calms. I work with abstractions because I want to put forth something universal that can be open to interpretations that are unique to each individual and can continue to evolve over time. A common theme in my painting is the relationship between rigid linear form and the organic flow of nature, order and disorder. I feel this is reflective in many ways of our society and peoples’ longing for something more than the sterility of technology in our modern lives. I believe inclusion of these two elements creates a certain universal harmony in many of my paintings.

My pieces are also about the act of painting itself. I explore the physical nature of my materials and push to use unique and original methods of applying them. Many times there is strong evidence of my physical relationship to the canvas as I paint - using my body motion as a natural pendulum and the random arcs of my markings. Other works are done on wood panels that I coat with a plaster mixture and carve into before it sets. The geometrical markings bring to mind old nautical maps and celestial charts. I then apply multiple rounds of color washes (oil paints thinned with a with a clear oil based polyurethane medium) giving the work a richly colored almost glass-like surface. By virtue of the tactile painting surfaces and transparent and linear handling much of the process is revealed that can be traced chronologically. This leaves the paintings with a sense of history and ‘archeology’.

 

Exhibitions

 

2011-2015: Ongoing group exhibitions, including Pryor Fine Art, Atlanta, GA

2010
Jules Mussafer, Boston, Ma
Addington Gallery, Chicago, Il
Fetherston Gallery, Seattle,Wa

2009
Fetherston Gallery, Seattle,Wa
Mussafer Gallery, Boston, Ma
Byron Roche Gallery, Chicago, Il
Contemporary Museum - Open Studios, St.Louis, Mo
Museo Gallery, Whidbey Island, Wa

2008
Byron Roche Gallery, Chicago, Il
Contemporary Museum - Open Studios, St.Louis, Mo
Museo Gallery, Whidbey Island, Wa

2007
Byron Roche Gallery, Chicago, Il
Contemporary Museum - Arts Desire, St.Louis, Mo
Museo Gallery, Whidbey Island, Wa
Saint Louis Art Fair, Saint Louis, Mo

2006
Mark Palmer Gallery, Paducah, KY
Contemporary Museum -Flat Files, Saint Louis, Mo
Museo Gallery, Whidbey Island, Wa
Saint Louis Art Fair, Saint Louis, Mo
Ambiente , Chicago, Il

2005
Stephen Kelly Gallery, Chicago, Il
Museo Gallery, Whidbey Island, Wa
Mark Palmer Gallery, Paducah, KY
Gallery Urbis Orbis, St. Louis, MO
City Museum, St.Louis, Mo

2004
Charles Houska Gallery, St. Louis, MO
Museo Gallery, Whidbey Island, Wa
Mark Palmer Gallery, Paducah, KY

2003
Charles Houska Gallery, St. Louis, MO
Gallery Urbis Orbis, St. Louis, MO

2002
Xen Gallery, St. Louis, MO
Kroma Gallery, St. Louis, MO

 

Galleries


Shayne Gallerie Montreal 2017 - 2018
Circa Gallery, Minneapolis, MN. 2017 - 2018
Addison Gallery, Del Ray Beach, FL 2014 - 2018
Pryor Fine Art, Atlanta, GA 2011 - 2018
Addington Gallery, Chicago, IL 2010 - 2018
Julie Mussafer Gallery, Boston,MA. 2009 - 2018
Fetherston Gallery, Seattle, WA 2009 - 2011
Byron Roche Gallery, Chicago, IL 2007 - 2009
Stephen Kelly Gallery, Chicago, IL 2005
Museo Gallery, Langley, WA 2004 - 2009
Mark Palmer Gallery, Paducah, KY 2004 - 2006
Houska Gallery, Saint Louis, MO 2003 - 2016
Gallery Urbis Orbis, Saint Louis, MO 2003
Kroma Gallery, Saint Louis, MO 2002
Xen Gallery, Saint Louis, MO 2002
Hoffman LaChance Contemporary
Saint Louis, MO 2002 - 2016

Other various exhibits


City Museum - STL MO
STL Contemporary Art Museum, flat files
STL Contemporary Art Museum, Open Studios
Art Basel Miami
STL International Airport

 

Collections

 

Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman Island
Ritz Carlton, Saint Louis, MO
St. John’s Mercy Medical, Saint Louis, MO
Nick Faldo Enterprises, Fl.
Four Seasons Hotel, Wash. DC
Chicago Spire (Santiago Calatrava), Chicago, Il.
Corporation for Public Broadcasting headquarters Wash. D.C.
Barnes Jewish College of Nursing, Saint Louis
Gold Coast Bentley, Chicago
Kate Spade Office New York City
HGTV Kristin Cunningham Los Angeles, CA
Citadel Partners St. Louis, MO
CMS Arcitecture & Design New York, NY
Koman Group Saint Louis
Spellman Brady and Co. Saint Louis
General Growth Properties Inc.
Bank of America Clayton,Mo
Numerous private collections
Publications/Media
Artscope.net Chicago Hot List June 2008
Saint Louis Homes, Sept 2007
Alive Magazine Saint Louis, Feb 2007
Saint Louis Magazine Nov 2006
Better Homes & Gardens Fall D.I.Y issue . 2005
HGTV with Kristan Cunningham 2005
St. Louis Post Dispatch 2004
KETC Channel 9 ‘Living Saint Louis’ 2004

Publications/Media

 

LUXE. Chicago, winter 2012
Forbes online, 2011
Artscope.net Chicago Hot List June 2008
Saint Louis Homes, Sept 2007
Alive Magazine Saint Louis, Feb 2007
Saint Louis Magazine Nov 2006
Better Homes & Gardens Fall D.I.Y issue . 2005
HGTV with Kristan Cunningham 2005
St. Louis Post Dispatch 2004
KETC Channel 9 ‘Living Saint Louis’ 2004

 


Awards


Sally Murdaugh Memorial Award Saint Louis Art Fair