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New Work: Inversion

By combining the image of the human figure with different types of visual manipulations, I investigate how intimately the figure and the ground can be intertwined. For the purpose of conceptually exploring the human existence and its surroundings, I manipulate the figure-ground organization. I immerse the human being into an environment using inovative techniques and demonstrate how the human figure participates with the background or another object.

My investigation of a figure-ground inversion in painting brings together traditional painting methods with a contemporary approach to show the tensions between focus and ground, object and subject, humanity and nature. Our connection as viewers and humans with the face of the figure is what gives the work more of a relatable and empathetic human touch.

The historical influences that impact my work involve both traditional and contemporary painters. Each painter I draw from has certain elements that intrigue me. In particular, three artists that influence my artwork are John Singer Sargent, Wayne Thiebaud, and Chuck Close. Remaining in dialogue with art historical influences are important to me because it gives me a context to exist within and sets a standard of excellence for me to meet.

Grand Opening

Come celebrate the "Official Opening" of Michael Longhofer's new gallery on
Friday evening March 3rd, 2017.
The gallery is located at 1701 Plains Blvd., 82A, Sunset Center, Amarillo, Texas 79112.


Michael will be conducting a 2-day Photoshop workshop on March 10th and 11th, 2017. The class is geared for artists who want to learn the basics of this powerful tool. Contact Rachel Flores at Amarillo Art Institute for more information and to sign up.

Learn How To Paint

Master painter, Mr. Longhofer teaches acrylic painting classes on Thursdays from 4-7 p.m. and Fridays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Amarillo Art Institute. Contact Rachel Flores for times and payment information.

Please add Michael Longhofer as a friend, or visit, Art by Longhofer on facebook and like his page. Commision a one of a kind painting or mural for your business or home. Please call 214-502-1834 for an appointment to view the gallery.