Gene Hoffman

Gene Hoff­man

Born in Penn­syl­va­nia in 1933, Gene Hoff­man taught him­self design and wor­ked as an art direc­tor at an adver­ti­sing agency until 1954. Gene Hoff­man was wor­king in San Fran­cisco as a free-​lance artist in the early 1960s.

Here, he is shown in a 1962 issue of the “Gal­ley West”, the news­pa­per of the Art Direc­tors and Artist Club of San Fran­cisco. (Note : “Gal­ley West”, a “galley”—as some of us well remember—was a first proof of copy when type was set in metal. This print on newsprint paper, 7″ wide, was for proof-​reading and sizing only…before the clean, clay-​based print for paste-​up was reque­sted.)

Gene Hoff­man was an award win­ning artist with Gold Medals from the New York Society of Illus­tra­tors, the Art Direc­tors Club of Den­ver, Okla­homa City, Phoe­nix, and Dal­las /​Ft.Worth…in addi­tion to his art­work being fea­tu­red on nati­o­nal maga­zine covers. Those who remem­ber Gene, would say that Gene spoke a lot…on many sub­jects… and with much humor. His illus­tra­ti­ons in ink or paint, soon moved to a style that that no lon­ger nee­ded trips to Flax art sup­ply store (at that time, at Bush and Mont­go­mery streets). He was fin­ding his medium, his palette, ever­y­w­here ! While pro­du­cing a great many col­la­ges, Gene moved to Colo­rado and taught at Uni­ver­sity of Nort­hern Colo­rado, spre­a­ding his ent­hu­si­asm to many years of art stu­dents. One of his stu­dents, desig­ner, Sara Jacobs (Shablingo), recei­ved this com­ment on her web­site after she wrote about Gene’s graphic design class.

Gene’s wife, Sue Turn­gate wrote :
I was mar­ried to Gene for 25 years. He cared so much about his stu­dents, and yep, took it per­so­nally when folks were not enga­ged. And when stu­dents were enga­ged, he was very devo­ted. I’m still in touch with a num­ber of his for­mer stu­dents. At some point, I’d like to find a home for Gene’s art. After he pas­sed away in 2005, there were a few more exhi­bits of his work – bur really, it would be won­der­ful for more people to get to expe­rience it.

Below are some exam­ples of Gene’s early work and a few of his assem­bla­ges.

2 thoughts on “Gene Hoffman”

  1. Sue Tungate says:

    – cool… I just now found this page. I am wor­king with Gene’s for­mer stu­dent and desig­ner, Tara Jacobs (Shablingo), to get a web­site up for Gene’s art. Over the years, he rega­led me with San Fran­cisco sto­ries, a place that had a big place in his heart. Miss him a lot ! Happy to be in touch with folks who knew Gene – Sue

  2. Hey You says:

    Where are you loca­ted ? Are you in con­tact with ellen ?

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