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Ken Hoffman - Painter

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Ken Hoffman

Painter - Peoria, IL


Professor emeritus at Bradley University, Ken uses color and texture to heighten the impact of his provocative animal/people portraits.

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Ken Hoffman, Painter

Ken Hoffman has been playing with animals for the past 20 years.

He uses anthropomorphic imagery to pursue a quasi-surreal approach to the human head. He endeavors to convey to the viewer animal-people expressions and show how close humans are to animal counterparts. Technically, Hoffman achieves painterly surface effects and a sensuous buildup of the oil paint, sometimes even incorporating elements such as sand or glitter. He also uses color as part of a complex method of mark making which is incorporated into the primary forms and surrounding spaces.

Hoffman is Professor of Art, Emeritus, at Bradley University. He earned his BFA and MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute, and he continues to teach part time. His work has been exhibited nationally and is in the public collections of the Rockford Art Museum in Rockford, and Lakeview Museum. His work is also widely collected, and is represented in the collections of the Administrative Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the President of the Chicago International Art Expo. He has also shown internationally in Paris, Poland, Germany, Australia, Ireland, Hawaii, and Argentina.

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