Bob Hogan

I’ve enjoyed creating art my entire life.  From a pencil montage of Elton John album covers when I was a teenager to free hand painting a map of the United States on an elementary school playground large enough for at least one student to stand in each state.But living in Anacortes, WA and the beautiful San Juan Islands I find limitless inspirations readily available.  My style explores local color while incorporating a slight contemporary edge to landscapes and the iconic regional beauty.

Acrylics are my current pallet of choice and I’m grateful to the many local artists and friends who have inspired and taught me so much. I continue to refine my style and approach to create pieces that I hope spark a beautiful memory for people who enjoy their experiences in the Pacific Northwest.

– Bob Hogan

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I am also the Vice President of Sales For Plain Air Magazine and Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine and happy to talk with artists, galleries and collectors about their marketing goals.  I can be reached at bhogan@streamlinepublishing.com.

Food for thought

An accomplished artist and friend allowed me to re-post this:

Art is – well, I don’t know what art is:

But if it’s any good, it has something to it that transcends critical reason. That’s why all enthusiasm for art falls back on words – from “genius” at the top to a variety of lesser terms like “talent” and “originality” – that don’t have a fixed meaning.  

Art is a kind of magic.  It began in caves in the Ice Age as part of a shamanistic engagement with nature. It is really very primitive – and the one modernist idea that will never die is “primitivism”, because every time art really excites us it does so for reasons some might describe as religious, others as ritualistic or psychoanalytical. 

Decisions made by art competition judges are circumstantial, subjective and completely different than those made by gallery owners or their clients. They depend on the circumstances of the particular judging process – who is invited to serve on the jury of acceptance and/or awards, how the judges are asked to make their selections, whether this is a theme or objective established by the organizers and how the prizes are structured.

People who are asked to be art competition judges are usually people who look at artwork all day long as part of their job.  They are art magazine editors, art historians, critics or nationally known artists. They are likely to respond positively to artwork that is unusual or exceptional, not expected or popular.  The artwork they select for an exhibition or a prize is probably one that is not very sellable.   Collectors tend to buy what is safe, typical, pretty and comfortable, whereas judges who are rushing through hundreds of slides or digital images will stop to examine pictures that are different and unexpected.

Good art either explores new subjects, or old subjects in a way that hasn’t been done before. There is a happy medium though in finding art that stands out from the crowd but doesn’t use gimmicks or cause distractions. 

The best art has meaning beyond just an image; perhaps it will bring you to tears, make you laugh, or remind you of something you’d almost forgotten. It also stands out in a crowd and dares to be different. 

Most important (in my opinion) good art is understandable, although it may make you think in ways you never expected to.