BRITISH COLUMBIA ARTISTS  

Wesley Kenneth (Ken) Hoff

c1919 - 2014

Vancouver School of Art

W. Kenneth Hoff was born in Rowley, Alberta, according to a biographical letter on file at the Vancouver Art Gallery. He came to the coast prior to World War Two, and worked as a machinist until joining the army during the war. Afterwards he studied at the Vancouver School of Art for two years, where he was mentored by Jack Shadbolt.

Hoff married Amy Eloise Ryder in Chilliwack on October 9 1942 at the age of 23. His racial origin was noted as Norwegian. After their marriage, the couple lived in London, Vancouver, Mexico City, Montreal, Lytton and Chilliwack.

He exhibited his work in the 1944 and 1945 British Columbia At Work exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The artist was living in Vancouver in 1943.

Hoff had a solo exhibition of paintings in Chilliwack in 2006, where he died in 2014.

EXHIBITIONS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION LOCATION
1946 Mar 5 - 24 W.K Hoff & J.D. Johnstone VAG
1948 Aug. 24 - Sept. 12 Solo Exhibition (oils, Mexico & others) VAG

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1943 Sept. 25 - Oct. 20 VAG   B.C. Artists 12th Annual For Freedom Fought
1944 Nov. 21 - Dec. 10 Labour Arts Guild   1st B.C. At Work B.C. United
1945 Sept. 22 - Oct. 21 VAG   B.C. Artists 14th Annual Apache Dancers
Harpist
1945 Nov. 13 - Dec. 2 Labour Arts Guild   2nd B.C. At Work Woodsmen
Builders

References

ARTISTS IN CANADA 1982 - UNION LIST OF ARTISTS' FILES (refer to AIC82)

"THE VIEW FROM HOFF" from The Chilliwack Progress, Tuesday, November 7, 2006

B.C. VITAL STATISTICS ON-LINE marriage (refer to BCVS)

Clippings

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