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 Andrew L. Hofmeister  (1913 - 2007)

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Lived/Active: Washington/North Dakota      Known for: Abstract expressionist painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Andrew Ludwig Hofmeister (Feb.16, 1913-Sept.1, 2007)

Born in Kulm, North Dakota, Hofmeister grew up on a dry land homestead near Ingomar, Montana.  He became interested in art at an early age, and was influenced by such Western artists as Charles M. Russell and C. S. Price.  As a teenager, he earned money tying sheep wool to finance his college education.  After earning his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Montana in 1938, he taught public school in Montana.  He earned his MFA degree at Washington State University in 1947 and joined the Fine Arts faculty that same year, retiring three decades later in 1978.

During his long and distinguished career as a painter and teacher, he received numerous awards and exhibited extensively in galleries throughout the Northwest, particularly in Montana and Washington.  He exhibited in the Northwest Watercolor Annual in the Seattle Art Museum for 24 years and was awarded 12 honors.  His abstract impressionistic paintings received high acclaim in Northwest art circles, having been compared to the works of such well-known artists as Mark Tobey and Kenneth Callahan.  His work is in many private and public collections including the permanent collections at the Tacoma Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Cheney Cowles Museum, Museum of Northwest Art and Yellowstone Art Center as well as the Washington State University and University of Montana art museums.

After his retirement from WSU, Hofmeister essentially withdrew from the competitive art world and his paintings underwent something of a renaissance acquiring new color and vigor.  In relative obscurity, he produced what some regard as his best work, an intriguing mix of abstract and representational elements inspired by music, poetry, landscapes and memories.  He occasionally participated in museum and art gallery shows and continued to paint until a few weeks before his death.  A retrospective show of Hofmeister’s work appeared in February-March 2007 at the Karin Clarke Gallery in Eugene, Oregon.

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