Martin Lawrence Galleries Soho Invites You To View Works By Photorealist Painters Douglas Hofmann And Ben Charles Weiner

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Meet The Artists In Person At Soho’s Premier Fine Art Gallery – Opening Reception On Friday, March 27th At 457 West Broadway, NYC

NEW YORK, NY, 10162, March 3, 2020 / — In very individualized ways, Doug Hofmann and Ben Charles Weiner each weave everyday life in magically realistic ways. Hofmann, a figurative painter, creates in a style in which realistically depicted human figures are central to and a principal focus of his work. Weiner, a modern realist painter, creates works of abstraction with realistic representation.

Ben Charles Weiner, Polychrome Gel #2, 2019 oil on canvas image size/ 12 x 24


The paintings of Douglas Hofmann are critically acclaimed for their glowing surfaces, detail, and softly lighted forms. Hofmann expertly combines his methods of painting with Old Master techniques, creating a beautiful aura of light and atmosphere often found in great Baroque paintings. He pays meticulous attention to detail and creates harmonious compositions with superbly balanced colors and shapes.

He was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1945 and began his art training after high school at the Maryland Institute of Art. During his first year there, he discovered Joseph Sheppard. “I used to walk down to the first floor and stick my head in this quiet room. You could hear a pin drop. It was Joe Sheppard’s class.” He began studying with Joe, taking on anatomy, drawing, and painting from the model, all of which were new to Hofmann.

You have to start somewhere. You can always erase reality later on. ”— Pablo Picasso

He also discovered the Maroger method, which enables the artist to use thin layers of paint and techniques similar to those of the Old Masters. Through his burgeoning interest in the Old Masters, Hofmann began to develop his taste.

Vermeer’s interiors with figures became one of his favorite themes. Emulating Vermeer, he painted situations from his home and studio using his wife and children as his models. Hofmann later expanded his subject matter to include his memorable nudes and his much-loved ballet works. “I borrow from everything I like, for example, the works of Vermeer, Rubens, Degas, and Mucha.  I’m using a Dutch technique but with an Art Nouveau model, Victorian too. And I love the female figure; I think it’s the most beautiful thing there is.” His subjects have changed over the years, but women have continued to dominate his panels and prints.

Douglas Hofmann, Little Red Corvette, 2018, oil on panel image size/ 21 x 42

Hofmann’s works have been exhibited in numerous groups and one-person shows at prestigious galleries and museums in every major city in the U.S.A. and Japan, many of which have sold out entirely during their opening nights. He has received numerous awards for his works, including first prize at the Peale Museum in Baltimore, 1970; “Best Paintings in the Traditional Manner” at the Baltimore Museum, 1971, “Best in Show” at the Washington County Museum, Hagerstown, MD, 1972; “Best in Show” at the Center Club in Baltimore, 1973 and 1978. In 1988 he was awarded a Certificate of Merit for his painting The Secret by the Salmagundi Club at its Eleventh Annual Nonmembers Juried Exhibition.

“With my paintings, I strive to get the feeling of air. There is a ‘signature’ to the work that reveals my hand, my feelings, and my personality. You can see the manipulation of the paint and the brush strokes. I don’t want to paint everyday scenes. I’m a dreamer. I want to express a romantic feeling in my work. This appeals to me as a form of self-expression in today’s world.


Ben Weiner is a New York-based contemporary artist, whose work bridges the seemingly opposite styles of hyper-realism and process-based abstraction. As a free-thinking abstract artist, Weiner always challenges himself, as well as his audience, to adapt to new mediums and perspectives in modern consumerism.

Fascinated by the substances we put into our bodies, Weiner uses art as an extension of his curiosity and judgment to challenge what we think about the products we buy and consume every day. Weiner was greatly influenced by his parents-scientists and unconventional free-thinkers, self-labeled as ‘hippies.’ Weiner’s work often depicts materials used to create illusions in art and everyday life, such as oil paint on a palette, hair gel, and jewels and beeswax used in sculpture. From these photos, Weiner paints beautiful large-scale compositions in oil. Playing with the ambiguity of his paintings and choosing “incongruous but evocative titles” gives him the freedom to explore the complicated relationship between our imaginations and the external cues that activate them.

“I always wanted to be an artist, and I had this scientific/materialist prototype of doing experimentation with the aim of answering big questions. Early on, I was drawn to a bunch of the ’60s and 70’s theorists like Clement Greenberg, Barnett Newman, Robert Smithson, and Marshall McLuhan, who applied materialist concepts to art. For me, it’s an ontological pursuit—an access to existence beyond the anthropocentric.”