Artist Statement, Perceptions of War
Deciding what to focus on for this show, Perceptions of War, led me to the idea of “What is a real hero to me”? An authentic hero isn’t some fictional character introduced into the pop culture. This brave human being is willing to put their life on the line for something bigger than themselves and the greater good of humanity. In this series, my work focuses on the sober reality of what the outcome of being a hero encompasses, pain, sacrifice, bravery, nobility, strength, and death.
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I think of my paintings as a snapshot of the modern society in which we live. Cityscapes became my niche because I’ve always been drawn to perspective, automobiles and the urban landscape. The metropolitan landscape has the qualities of contemporary life, man-made lighting juxtaposed to the natural sky. I have decided to go back to the rural and urban landscape because this is the subject matter that moved me to paint in the beginning of my career. I’m inspired by a beautiful sky or the perspective and lights of a cityscape. I’ve always been fascinated by motor vehicles and architecture since childhood. I am currently spending more time on the layout and composition of my artwork. My paintings are a glimpse of the civilization in which I have lived and observed.
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Michael Longhofer's paintings, ranging from cityscapes to contemplative figure studies, are a chronicle of both places he has seen or imagined. His contemporary realistic approach draws on a painterly tradition. Longhofer's somewhat modern scenes are at once familiar yet foreign. Some are places the viewer recognizes while others have a dream-like quality. Perspective and depth draw the viewer into the piece. Buildings and figures are painted with intense contrast. Colors burst out of the canvas with an otherworldly light. The skies are beautiful and mysterious. Michael's contemporary abstracts are painted with layers of colors that puddle up like rain on glass. Michael Longhofer earned a B.F.A. from The Laguna College of Art and Design. He currently resides in Amarillo, Texas working on his Master’s Degree at WTAMU in painting and doing commissioned work. Michael Also teaches at Amarillo Art Institute. He appreciates the time you have spent viewing the artwork. His work is worth investigating!
April through July, 1993, New York Society Of Illustrators, New York, NY (juried show)
May through July, 1995, Fahrenheit 451, Laguna Beach, CA
July, 1995, Irvine Community Center, Irvine CA (juried show)
August through September, 1995, Etinger Gallery, Laguna Beach
September through October, 1995, Harbor Gallery, Dana Point, CA
March through May, 1996, Irvine Valley College, CA (three-person show)
February through March, 1996, JiJi Gallery, Dana Point, CA
June through September 1996, Cafe 2222, San Clemente, CA (solo show)
July, 1997, A.I.S.C. gallery Laguna Beach, CA (alumni show)
July, 1998, A.I.S.C. gallery Laguna Beach, CA (alumni show)
November, 1998, Canyon Lake Country Club, Canyon Lake, TX (juried show)
December through January, 1999, Norwest Bank, Canyon Lake, TX
July 23rd, 1999, Live Oak Lofts, Dallas, TX (A Night With A Few Hip Urban Artists)
October 1 through 29, 1999, Plano Municipal Building, Plano TX
October 1, 1999, Live Oak Lofts, Dallas, TX (A Night With A Few Hip Urban Artists 2)
March 2000, Deep Ellum Center For the Arts, Dallas, TX (Body Art Ball)
August through May, 2000, Design Forum Gallery, Newport Beach, CA
March 15th 2001, The Village, Dallas, TX (Two man show Michael Longhofer and Shane Pennington)
November 1st-3rd, 2004, Prestonwood Country Club, Plano, Texas (group show)
November 11th, 2004, Plano Municipal Center, Plano, Texas (juried show)
April 1-3, 2005, “Deep Ellum Arts Festival”, Dallas, TX
May 6th, One of Five in Private Cottonwood Artist Show at “The Eisemman Center for Performing Arts”
May 7th and 8th, 2005. “Cottonwood Art Festival”, Richardson, TX
May 22-24, 2005, “Wilflower Arts and Music Festival”, Richardson, TX
May 1-31, 2005, Plano Art Centre, National Juried Show, Plano, TX
Aug 6-7, 2005, Salado Art Fair, Salado, TX
October 1-28, 2005, PAA Annual Member Show, Plano, TX
October 8-9, 2005, “Bayou City Art Festival”, Houston, TX
October 21-28, 2005, Grand Prairie Arts Council Annual Show, Grand Prairie, TX
March 11- April 11th, 2006, “Feel the Beat” Solo Show, McKinney, TX
April 20-22, 2006, Forth Worth Main Streets Art Festival, Fort Worth, TX
April 28-30, 2006, “Art in the Square”, South Lake, TX June 22, 2006 ~ Poppy’s Restaurant. McKinney, Texas.
October 2006 Plano Art Association 38th Annual Member Show
November 2006," Grande Opening"~ Fusion, Plano, Texas.
March 15th, 2007. Ribbon Cutting, Ace Park Mural Project. City of North Richland Hills, Texas.
April 28, 2007. Final Judging, The Hunting Art Prize Gala, Design Center, Houston, Texas.
June 20th ~ July 20th. Solo Show, “Urban Skies", TractorBeam ad Agency, Dallas, TX
July 20th ~ September 1, 2007. “Down to Earth” The Cerulean Gallery, Dallas, TX
April - May 2008 - Green Peridot, multi-artist show, Frisco, TX
2008 through 2010~ “resident artist” Art251 Gallery, Keller, TX
April 2009 - "Finalist" Hunting Art Prize exhibition, Houston, TX
May 8, 2009 - Off The Grid exhibition, Dallas Independent Artists Community, 1723 Kelly, Dallas, TX
May 29-31, 2009 - D Art Slam, juried exhibition and sale, f.i.g., 1807 Ross Avenue, Dallas, TX
October 2011 - Show at café Izmir. Dallas, Texas
December 2011-2012 Multi-artist show at The Bath House. Dallas, Texas
July 2013 - Sagebrush Artist Juried Show, 1st place, cash award, Canadian, Texas
Solo Show July 4th, 2014- Canadian River Art Gallery
October 2014 - Annual Graduate Show, Sunset Center Amarillo, Texas
Art Menu in Dallas Texas 2011-15
April 2015 - Amarillo Museum of Art Annual Student Faculty show, Honorable Mention, Scholarship award
Awards, Prizes, and Recognitions
1982 1st place, National Fire Poster Contest
1992 Scholarship for Achievement, Art Institute of Southern California
1993 Published by, New York Society of Illustrators (Illustrators 34)
1993 Scholarship for Achievement, Art Institute of Southern California
1993 Best of Show, AISC Annual Student Exhibition (Cash Award)
1995 3rd place, oil or acrylic, AISC Annual Juried Show (Cash Award)
1996 write up, Orange County Register, Realist Show
1998 Best of Show, Annual Juried Show, Canyon Lake, TX Country Club
1998 1st place, oil and acrylic, Annual Juried Show, Canyon Lake Country Club
1998 Peoples Choice, Annual Juried Show, Canyon Lake Country Club
1998 Acknowledged and photographed, New Braunfels Herald-Zeting
1999 Acknowledged and photographed, San Antonio Express
1999 3rd place, oil and acrylic, Annual Juried Show, Plano Municipal Building
1999 Presidents Award, Annual Juried Show, Plano Municipal Building
2004 1st Place, oil and acrylic, Annual Member Show (Judge Bart Forbes)(Cash Award)
2004 1st Place, PAA November Monthly Meeting (Gift Certificate)
2005 1st Place, PAA January Monthly Meeting (Gift Certificate)
2005 March juried into the NJE of Plano Art Association
2005 Acknowledged in Spring-Summer Laguna College News
2005 Acknowledged and printed painting, Village Voice, Salado, Texas
2005 2nd Place, PAA August Monthly Meeting (Gift Certificate)
2005 1st Place, oil, Grand Prairie Arts Council Annual Juried Show (Cash Award)
2006 2nd Place, PAA January Monthly Meeting (Gift Certificate)
2006 Best of oil, 38th Annual PAA Member Show
2006 1st Place Best Overall Award, 38th Annual PAA Member Show, Plano, TX
2007 Finalist in “The Hunting Art Prize” Competition, Houston, TX
2007 “Down to Earth Exhibition” review Pegasus News, Dallas, Texas
2007 “Chrysler kisses Colors” painting and artist’s name appeared in Dallas Morning
News/ Metro August 16, 2007.
2009 Hunting Art Prize Finalist
2009 Artist’s Choice Award D Art-Slam
2011 Featured in article in Canadian Record Newspaper for murals in Canadian TX.
2012 Interviewed LIVE by channel 8 with Mike Modono
2012 Featured in Dallas Morning News for mural in uptown Dallas, TX
2012 Featured in an on front page in Perryton Herald for Historic Mural.
2013 Dallas Mural in “Texas Highways” Magazine
2014 Featured in Canadian Record Newspaper for show at Canadian River Art Gallery
1986 through 1990 completed military drawings and portraits for U.S.M.C.
1993 through 1996 worked as illustrator and designer for an array of clients
1995 completed several commissioned portraits including Saint John’s Episcopal Church of Mission Viejo, CA
1995 through 1997-painted sets and worked as Art Director for two different productions
1997 through 2000-freelanced as a photoshop artist and graphic designer, clients include Neimman Marcus Direct
1998 through 1999 taught oil painting workshops in Canyon Lake, TX area
1999 through 2000-paintings accepted to Design Forum Gallery in Newport Beach, CA.
2000 through 2002-worked full-time as Art Director for Veedix Technology as “Art Director”
2005 through present teaches private art lessons to various students
2002 through 2006 through present-focusing on painting and showing in galleries and fine art festivals
2006 submitted mural composition for the city of North Richland Hills. 7’x 50’
2006 through 2007 painted, designed Ace Park Mural for the city of North Richland Hills.
2007 painted and designed for Adventure Week/ Fellowship Church, Plano, TX.
2007 painted 4 fresh original “New York City Series” paintings for “Down To Earth Show” Dallas, TX.
2008 painted commissions including Rocky Cherry of the New York Mets
2009 commissioned by Baylor Health Care
2009 completed mural for a restaurant in Houston, Texas
2010 completed illustration for American Express
2011 commissioned by Coffee House Café for multiple paintings
2011 commissioned by Cowboy Courts for two large scale murals
2011 taught and ran fun art classes as a Freelancer
2012 commissioned for 60 foot outdoor mural for “the stand” in uptown Dallas
2012 taught fun art classes part-time at Paint and Sip in Colleyville, Texas
2012 commissioned for 50 foot mural restore in Perryton, Texas
2013 through 2014 taught fun art classes and Oil and Acrylic painting at Canadian River Art Academy and Gallery
2013 commissioned to paint five murals in private homes in the Texas Panhandle and neighboring Oklahoma
2014 commissioned to paint four murals and eight commissioned paintings for The First United Methodist Church of Shattuck, OK
2014 commissioned to paint stainless Steele Christ for outdoor cross on Canadian Ranch
2015 commissioned to paint Austin Cityscape for private collector
2015 currently teaches acrylic painting classes at Amarillo Art Institute
United States Marine Corps, Honorable Discharge 1986-1994
Laguna College of Art and Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Laguna Beach, CA 1994
West Texas A&M University, Graduate Student