How can art accurately depict life in America during the 1940s? Nationally recognized artist Richard Chandler Hoff will share how he relies on extensive research to illustrate life during a different American era during a free guest lecture, “Are Shadows Not Substantial Things?,” at Del Mar College on Wednesday, April 22.
“My pencil drawings depict life in America during the 1940s, and the people who remained on the ‘Home Front’ to run the country,” says Hoff. “Depicting an era of more than 50 years ago requires representing a reality that no longer exists.”
Hoff notes that he begins with a concept from his imagination supported by photographic research to bring that concept to reality.
“When my research is complete, I make preliminary sketches from the selected photos,” Hoff adds. “It is at this point a character’s facial expressions, hair styles and clothing are altered to support my concept. Every element, large and small, fuses together with light and shadow in a seamless composition that convinces the viewer he is a witness to an actual moment in time.”
Sponsored by the College’s Department of Art and Drama, Hoff will discuss his work and why his pieces exclusively have been completed in graphite pencil on paper during this decade. Currently, the artist has one of his compelling drawings on display in the College’s 49th Annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show on exhibit in the Joseph A. Cain Memorial Art Gallery in the Fine Arts Center.
Hoff’s April 22 lecture begins at 1 p.m. in Richardson Performance Hall, located on the East Campus at Ayers and Baldwin. For more information, contact Kenneth Rosier, Art and Drama Department Chair, at 361-698-1216 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individuals not able to attend the free lecture can view the lecture online. Del Mar TV will webcast the lecture live. To view this event, go to www.delmar.edu/webcasts a few minutes before the lecture starts.
Hoff’s work has been featured in American Artist and Drawing magazines and included in the prestigious Pennsylvania Art of the State competition for four consecutive years. Most recently, his artwork is also featured in his new book, Inventing History – Cherished Memories of Good Times that Never Happened. In addition to his work promoted in printed publications, Hoff’s work is represented in public, corporate and private collections, including the Butler Institute of American Art and MSNBC Bank (now Bank America).
Individuals can view Hoff’s and other artists’ entries selected for this year’s National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show in Cain Gallery 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 9 a.m. until noon on Fridays through May 8.
PICTURED: Artist Richard Chandler Hoff's graphite pencil drawing, Lakeside Swing, depicts a 1940s couple on a dock dancing steps from an era long gone.
(Note: This piece has been cropped to meet the dimensional requirements of the College's content management system.)