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Anne Elisabeth Hogh is an Evanston, Illinois based artist who merges the technical precision of the European tradition with the intensely personal creative creative imperative of New World exploration. Her vibrant and exquisite color palette, sensuous textures, and unique framing techniques produce art that is highly individualistic and distinctive. The addition of a dynamic use of light and tactile complexity create a body of art work that has a profound impact on first viewing, as well as long lasting appeal.
Hogh describes her art as: “immediately recognizable by the unique combination of thick, rich textures and underlying tactile depth. Also memorable are the brushed aluminum frames and intricate lacing that highlight and delineate the sensuously vibrant- almost voluptuous- emotions induced by the brilliant color tactility. My influences include: a strong sense of Nordic light; an ongoing development of contrasting color schemes in the under painting process; and a 21st Century envisioning and translation of Abstract Expressionism.”
Born and raised in Denmark, Hogh is the daughter of noted Danish artist, Magda Hogh. A particularly vivid childhood cultural influence was experiencing long nights of Nordic storytelling. Her early artistic training in Europe was highlighted by study at Holbaeck Stort Landegaard, an elite Danish art academy. Continuing studies in Italy supplied new and dramatic perspectives on light and color. Italy also offered exposure to the sense of potentiality supplied by large scale art works, which included murals, as well as church paintings rendered on an epic scale. Returning to Denmark, Anne Elisabeth became familiar with- and intensely interested in- The Nordic Painters, an 18th Century European art movement.
After further study in Europe, Hogh move to the United States. Settling in Chicago, she was exposed to the visual impact of the world renowned, highly innovative buildings of The Chicago School of Architecture. Other new cultural influences also enlarged her artistic perspective: from the avant-garde galleries and performance spaces; to the visceral impact of Chicago's internationally famous blues artists, who still perform in small neighborhood blues clubs. The diversity of Chicago's demographics were also stimulating- new friends and colleagues brought fresh perspectives on art and life. Hogh also experienced a new way of viewing natural phenomena, by seeing new patterns of light and shadow as well as perceiving new spatial perspectives from viewing the prairies rolling endlessly to the west of Chicago. The new climate of the American Heartland also inculcated thought and introspection. Hogh underwent her own global warming- going from the frozen fjords of Denmark to the blast furnace of a typical Chicago Summer. While creating a new artistic life, Anne Elisabeth also created new human life: she became the mother of three dynamic sons, Jesper, Jens, and Frank.
Hogh's impressive resume includes extensive exhibitions in prestigious art galleries in The United States and Europe, including New York's famed Agora Gallery. The Agora Gallery's catalogue of her exhibit stated: “Born on the coast of Denmark, 'where light changes by the minute', Anne Elizabeth Hogh grew to understand how color touches the soul. In the spirit of Picasso- who insisted that: “colors, like features, follow changes in the emotions”- Hogh captures the volatile nature of feelings by juxtapositioning the warmth of orange or red against deep blue and icy white. Using vivid contrasts, textural sheen, and liquid geometry to convey the perpetual flux of human emotion, Hogh's paintings shimmer with a living, sensible force. Progressing layer by layer, one color leading to the next, Hogh dresses the naked canvas in a base application of acrylic, gradually building density and texture until she achieves a satisfying level of emotional resonance and visual complexity. Central to her art is a deep desire- an 'inner necessity' in Kandinsky's terms- to relate her experience, to reveal outwardly what occurs within, to share the light of her childhood with an admiring audience.” (courtesy of Irene Khaytman)
Hogh is represented by A.E. Atalier, best described as: “a gallery without walls, a vision without limits, and an evolving world view. A.E. Atalier invites other visual, verbal, and environmental explorers to participate in dynamic projects that will enlarge, enrich, and extend the boundaries of creativity. -30-
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