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Earl Francis Hofmann

 (1928 - 1992)
Earl Francis Hofmann was active/lived in Maryland.  Earl Hofmann is known for urban landscape, portrait, illustration.

Earl Francis Hofmann

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Full Name: Earl Francis Hofmann (This variously spelled Hoffman or Hofman, but erroneous)

Born: 11 March, 1928 in Baltimore, Maryland
Died: 29 September, 1992 in St. Mary's County, Maryland
Studio: Had studio at Bolton Hill, Baltimore's Bohemian section, near the Maryland Institute, College of Art, Also in St, Mary's County, Maryland
Subjects: Urban Landscapes, commissioned portraiture, illustration, welded sculpture and murals
Style: Realistic
Method: Oil, experimental media, watercolor, metal and clay sculpture

Arts or Art Digest, Vol 31, Feb./1957 pp. 62-63
Art News Vol 55, Feb. 1957, p 11;
Arts Magazine, Vol 32, Apr./1958 pp. 64-65.
Sotheby's Arcade Auctions, 24/Jan/1989; also 30/May/1990 and 25/Sept/1992

Earl Francis Hofmann was born in Baltimore in 1928 and served in the United States Marine Corps from 1945 to 1949. After his discharge from the service, he graduated from The Maryland Institute, College of Art in 1953 and was awarded a graduate scholarship for study with M. Jacques Maroger.

Early in his career, he studied with Reginald Marsh and accompanied him on many sketching trips in New York City, hence his early realistic paintings of New York cityscapes. He did many urban land and cityscapes and was devoted to the depicting the stark realism of urban renewal. He belonged to the "Baltimore Realists School."

In the late 1950's and 1960's his work was hung in many professional exhibits, Peale Museum, Baltimore; Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Grand Central Galleries, NYC; where he had one-man shows in 1959 and 1962. He did medical and liturgical illustrative work in Baltimore through the 1960's and in 1969 became Artist-in Residence at St. Mary's College of MD, St Mary's City, Maryland. He later taught at the Charles County (MD) Community College. It can be said that he flourished from 1955 to 1980.


Biography from Papillon Gallery
Earl Francis Hofmann


Earl Hofmann was born in Baltimore and was a graduate of Forest Park High School and served in the Marine Corps in the late 1940s.

Interested in drawing since grade school, he did commercial art while in the Marines and then began studying painting at the Maryland Institute under Jacques Maroger, whom he later assisted in anatomy classes. He also attended Loyola College.

In 1951, while still a student at the Institute, he began exhibiting pictures at the Grand Central Galleries in New York, where he won several prizes and was named a life member.

His works are on display at several major museums, including the Butler Museum of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, and the Peale Museum, where he won first prize in the 1958 Life in Baltimore Show.

He also created paintings or murals for a number of buildings, including St. Ignatius Church, St. Joseph's Monastery Church and Mercy Medical Center, which has a painting of his variously known as the Madonna of Baltimore or Our Lady of Baltimore.

In addition, he did a portrait of Cardinal Lawrence J. Shehan, begun just before he became a cardinal in 1965.

In 1965, he was named director of art and design for a new Baltimore office of Thomas J. Gibbons Inc., a church-decorating firm.

He also taught at Boys' Latin School and in adult evening classes at the Towson and Catonsville high schools.

His works were also exhibited in two consecutive Corcoran Gallery of Art biennial shows and were included in the Guggenheim Traveling Exhibit that toured the country.

His works were also exhibited at the old Hilltop Theatre School of Art Gallery in Baltimore and in galleries and museums in New York City; Columbus, Ga.; Sarasota, Fla.; Ogunquit, Maine; Miami Beach, Fla.; and other communities as well as in several additional galleries in New York and in the Washington area.

He was a fellow of the International Institute of Arts and Letters.
At St. Aloysius Church, he not only provided art but also sang and played the guitar with the folk music group.

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About  Earl Francis Hofmann

Born:  1928 - Baltimore, Maryland
Died:   1992 - St. Mary's County, Maryland
Known for:  urban landscape, portrait, illustration