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August 17, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Christopher Martin Hoff, remembered

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Seattle artist Christopher Martin Hoff called himself an “urban plein-air painter,” and he described his daily artistic practice of painting on location as “the means by which I uncover meaning in the world around me.” His vibrant paintings made the viewer look at everyday scenes in a new light; alleyways, graffiti, buildings under construction, rain-dampened streets all gained new dignity in his work. His promising career was cut short by his death in March at age 36, but you can see his paintings at two memorial shows: Linda Hodges Gallery is hosting an exhibit of his work through Aug. 25 (a review of the show is here); another memorial show, curated by Beth Sellars, will be up during Bumbershoot (Sept. 1-3) at Seattle Center.

Image at top: “Niwa” by Christopher Martin Hoff

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