In Kelli Hoppmann’s paintings of allegories and icons, only the faintest suggestion of “meaning” is likely to emerge. Vibrant colors, intricate patterns and elusive figures demand the viewers’ rapt attention, holding their focus on images that deny a sensible narrative and inspire the imagination of the observer.

The ideas for these compelling paintings begin in the mind of the artist and are first committed to paper in the form of drawings and photographs. Once the composition is finalized, oil paints are applied to the chosen surface in four distinct layers to allow for remarkably rich tones and striking details. Providing a delight for the eye and a challenge for the mind, the finished painting is a luminous fantasy with hints of social commentary and a satiric smile.

Kelli Hoppmann graduated with a B.S. in fine art from the University of Wisconsin and is a founding member of Artbite, an artist’s consortium. Her work has been shown at The Kohler Museum’s Artspace, The Wisconsin Museum of Art, The Wisconsin Academy, and is carried by The Artisan Gallery in Paoli WI.

Kelli lives and works in Madison, Wisconsin, with her two children.

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