New Work: Reflections of War
Michael Longhofer earned a B.F.A. from The Laguna College of Art and Design and a Masters of Fine Arts Degree from West Texas A&M University in painting and drawing. Michael executes commissioned work and teaches at Amarillo Art Institute and travels the Panhandle leading workshops.
From 1994 to 2004 Longhofer worked as a commercial artist, graphic designer, and art director while still making his fine art. Michael has shown and sold work in galleries in both California and Texas. Michael toured the fine art festival circuit from 2005 to 2007 and was invited to show at The Cottonwood Art Festival and The Fort Worth Main Street Festival. Longhofer started painting murals and commissions in 2007. Clients include; The City of North Richland Hills, Baylor Healthcare, and American Express. Michael was a finalist thrice for the prestigious Hunting Art Prize, where he was invited to show in Houston, Texas.
Michael's paintings, ranging from cityscapes, distortions, and 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 distortions bend and twist while different colored lights leave tracers and trails. His figure-ground inversion series breaks boundaries and creates another way we see the human form.