SOHO's premier fine art gallery to hold opening reception Friday Night March 27th,
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at 457 West Broadway, NYC
In very individualized ways, Doug Hofmann and Ben Charles Weiner each weave everyday life in magically realistic ways. Hofmann, a figurative painter, creates in a style in which realistically depicted human figures are central to and a principal focus of his work. Weiner, a modern realist painter, creates works of abstraction with realistic representation.
“WITH MY PAINTINGS, I STRIVE TO GET A FEELING OF AIR. I WANT TO EXPRESS A ROMANTIC EMOTION.” DOUGLAS HOFMANN
The paintings of Douglas Hofmann are critically acclaimed for their glowing surfaces, detail, and softly lighted forms. Hofmann expertly combines his methods of painting with Old Master techniques, creating a beautiful aura of light and atmosphere often found in great Baroque paintings. He pays meticulous attention to detail and creates harmonious compositions with superbly balanced colors and shapes.
He was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1945 and began his art training after high school at the Maryland Institute of Art. During his first year there, he discovered Joseph Sheppard. "I used to walk down to the first floor and stick my head in this quiet room. You could hear a pin drop. It was Joe Sheppard's class." He began studying with Joe, taking on anatomy, drawing, and painting from the model, all of which were new to Hofmann.
He also discovered the Maroger method, which enables the artist to use thin layers of paint and techniques similar to those of the Old Masters. Through his burgeoning interest in the Old Masters, Hofmann began to develop his taste.
Vermeer’s interiors with figures became one of his favorite themes. Emulating Vermeer, he painted situations from his home and studio using his wife and children as his models. Hofmann later expanded his subject matter to include his memorable nudes and his much-loved ballet works. "I borrow from everything I like, for example, the works of Vermeer, Rubens, Degas, and Mucha. I'm using a Dutch technique but with an Art Nouveau model, Victorian too. And I love the female figure; I think it's the most beautiful thing there is." His subjects have changed over the years, but women have continued to dominate his panels and prints.
Martin Lawrence Galleries
Opening Reception Friday Night
March 27th, 2020, 6-8 PM
457 West Broadway
New York, NY 10012
About Martin Lawrence Galleries
Since 1978, Martin Lawrence Galleries, headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut with nine gallery locations nationwide including New York, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, New Orleans, San Francisco, Costa Mesa, La Jolla, Maui has been assisting and advising collectors as they acquire fine art. MLG is the publisher of fine art prints and sculpture and is also the home to modern and contemporary masters like Picasso, Chagall, Warhol, Calder, Magritte, Basquiat, and Murakami. We are incredibly proud to have lent and exhibited over 200 masterworks, created by more than 30 different artists, to 30+ world-class museums around the globe including the Louvre, the Pompidou, the Metropolitan, the Whitney, the National Gallery, the Tate and the Hermitage-where we are the sole sponsor of the first-ever exhibition of the work of Erté, the father of art deco and we proudly publish works by artists including Kondakova, Hallam, Bertho, Fressinier, Lalonde, and Deyber. For more information visit martinlawrence.com
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