Ryan Hoffmann is an artist currently based in Melbourne/Naarm, Australia. He completed his MFA at the National Art School of Australia and the Glasgow School of Art in 2014. Since then, he has lived and worked in Sydney, Berlin, and Melbourne.
Hoffmann’s work deals with ideas of light, atmosphere, and place. Materials such as paint, linen, aluminium, resin, gypsum and timber are used to make forms and shaped supports, focusing on a material language. These forms serve as optical tools that alter light and contribute to the ever- shifting quality of his work. His use of colour and surface are a response to the natural environment.
The titles of Hoffmann's artworks reflect time, personal anecdotes, and specific locations, forming a cohesive catalogue within an ongoing process. This approach establishes a system for documenting his life and artistic expression. By adopting this continuous methodology, Hoffmann's studio practice becomes an exploration of temporality and impermanence, offering a space for contemplation and experimentation.
RYAN HOFFMANN IN THE DESIGN FILES ARTICLE
"Ryan Hoffmann’s artworks have an aura of mystery around them. At first glance, it’s hard to work out exactly what they’re made of, but upon closer inspection, layers upon of layers of textured paint are revealed, built up onto circular, 3D casts made in the artist’s Melbourne studio.
This visual intrigue is all part of their appeal. Emotive blurs of colours and gradients make these distinctive works appear as otherworldly portals, and each one is inspired by moments and memories from the artists own life."
- Author Christina Karras, 2023
You can read the full article here.
Image: Melbourne-based artist Ryan Hoffman and cat Sora inside his studio. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files
RYAN HOFFMANN FINALIST IN 2022 MOSMAN ART PRIZE
We are delighted to announce that Ryan Hoffmann has been selected as a finalist in the 2022 Mosmon Art Prize.
Established in 1947, the Mosman Art Prize is Australia's oldest and most prestigious local government art award. It was founded by the artist, architect and arts advocate, Alderman Allan Gamble. The 2022 judge of the Mosman Art Prize is Rhana Devenport ONZM. She is the first female director of the Art Gallery South Australia.
As an acquisitive art award for painting, the winning artworks collected form a splendid collection of modern and contemporary Australian art, reflecting all the developments in Australian art practice since 1947.
Congratulations Ryan Hoffmann for becoming a finalist in this prize, we wish you great success moving forward.
Image: Ryan Hoffmann, “Don’t hesitate!”, my mum tells me on the phone. I take a wrong turn., 2022, oil paint, acrylic paint, CSM, gypsum, synthetic polymer, timber, stainless steel, and aluminium, 130 x 130 x 19 cm
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