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About the WorkAngels have traditionally been viewed as beautiful and refined creatures, traits often associated with women, particularly in the arts. In each case, Douglas Hofmann’s skill for conveying light and detail remarkably captures the rays of light reflecting off the satin materials and glistening on the skin and hair of the woman. One is completely mesmerized by the intricate folds of the fabric, that are chaotic yet perfectly staged, to enhance the life-like quality of the women’s anatomy, skin and hair.
“Angel of Light” is a 38 x 50 – inch oil on Masonite board.
About the Artist
Douglas Hofmann was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1945 and began his training in art after high school at the Maryland Institute of Art. During his first year there he discovered Joseph Sheppard who would be significant mentor and influence throughout his career. He began studying with Sheppard, taking on anatomy, drawing and painting from the model, all of which were new to Hofmann. There 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 individual taste. 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. Though his subjects have changed over the years, women have always dominated his panels and prints.