Frank B. Hoffman (1888-1958)
B. Hoffman was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1888 and died in Taos,
New Mexico in 1958. Hoffman grew up around his father's New Orleans racing
stables. Through a family friend he was hired to make sketches for the
Chicago American, later becoming head of the art department. While working
for the paper, he had five years of formal art training in private lessons
from J. Wellington Reynolds, a portrait painter. In 1916, Hoffman went
West to paint, living with the Indian tribes and the cowboys. He worked
as public relations director for Glacier National Park where he met John
Singer Sargent. In 1920, he joined the art colony in Taos, New Mexico.
He studied with Leon Gaspard, gaining effective freedom in the use of
color. He painted for corporate advertising campaigns and made illustrations
on Western subjects for the leading national magazines in the 1920's.
Successful as the best known New Mexico illustrator, he bought his own
Hobby Horse Rancho where he raised quarter horses and kept as live models
his longhorns, dogs, eagles, burros, and a bear. In the 1930's, he sculpted
animal models. Beginning with 1940, he was under exclusive contract to
Brown and Bigelow for calendar art, producing more than one hundred fifty
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