Colorado Creatives

100 Colorado Creatives: Katie Hoffman

#44: Katie Hoffman

A member of both CORE New Art Space and Zip 37 Gallery (for the time being), Denver painter Katie Hoffman is a familiar face on the co-op scene in two arts districts, beloved for her works exploring the subjective and the otherworldly in swatches of pastel and jewel colors. People fall in love with her beautiful and dark, mythologically powered paintings; in a town with a vast range of styles, hers is truly unique.

See also: 100 Colorado Creatives: Artist and Westword Artopia star Valerie Savarie

Hoffman's work goes on view tonight at Zip, during a reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Visit the show on weekends through October 6; go to the website for more information.

What inspires Hoffman in the studio and in the world? Continue reading for her answers -- all as unique as her fairy-tale imagery -- to our 100CC questionnaire.

Westword: If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why? 

Katie Hoffman: If time travel was an option, I wouldn't want to confine it to one artist. I'd hop in the TARDIS and gather Van Gogh, Goya, William Blake, Henry Darger and Francis Bacon. We could all paint together in a modern and fully equipped studio/asylum, and it would be interesting to see what the earlier painters made of the new technologies available to them. Darger wouldn't have to spend his whole paycheck on resizing photocopies anymore. Could be great fun. But Bacon might get so catty that it could also end in tears. Or a bloodbath.

Continue reading for more from Katie Hoffman.
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