Christy DeHoog

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"Being Our Authentic Selves: Christy DeHoog", West Michigan Woman


Christy DeHoog • Profile

 

Christy DeHoog

A square skiffs across the glimmering surface, leaving a trail in its wake. Soft shading and overcast backgrounds are punctuated with juicy flats of color; citrus shapes and hard candies spring to the surface, revealing a shadowed edge.  Christy DeHoog’s color choices, subtle blending and sophisticated compositions are evidence of an illustrative departure point, given way to her own highly-developed visual language.

Process informs DeHoog’s work from beginning to end.  Both random and deliberate, her marks accumulate as she gets lost in the work, responding to color shifts, shape, and line.  Child-like wonder and mature thought processing collide within every line and shape she makes -- at first glance DeHoog’s marks may seem immediate and resemble those of a child, but upon closer inspection, her line, color and balance showcase s exceptional illustrative talent.

DeHoog graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Illustration from California State University in Long Beach after earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Illustration from Kendall College of Art and Design.  Her work has been exhibited on both the East and West coasts as well as in West Michigan.


Christy DeHoog • Statement

My understanding of the world around me is primarily attained through visual experience and its accompanying sensations. As a child I spent much of my playtime making discoveries in the backyard. The yard led to woods with a nearby swamp that housed many "specimens" to collect and observe under my father's microscope. I realized then that the world was not only huge, but also contained in a drop of swamp water on a glass slide. Just as Dr. Seuss' Horton heard the Who on a speck of dust, I could see my own Who-ville in that drop of swamp water, each cell pumping with life.

For the most part, my work is image-based and narrative in nature. The impression that something is about to happen or has just occurred is strongly implied. Playing with the attraction of opposites interests me: beauty/ugliness, captivity/escape, macrocosm/microcosm, whimsy/danger. Dimensionality becomes ambiguous in the work - a ball might be simultaneously round and flat; space might seem to recede and come forward in the same picture plane; a sense of gravity and antigravity coincide.

Process is a very important factor from the beginning. Through process, forms mutate within the piece and unexpected and exciting changes happen. Curlicues become eggs become wheels. Boxes become cages become fragile linear constructions become thread-like nets become nearly invisible webs.

Through painting I develop my own visual vocabulary. The more I experiment and take risks within the work, the more articulate my visual language becomes.


Christy DeHoog • Biography

EDUCATION

1999
Master of Fine Arts in Illustration, California State University, Long Beach, California 

1997
Hallmark Summer Internship Program, Hallmark, Inc., Kansas City, Missouri

1992
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, Michigan

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2017
"Freshly Considered", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

2016
LaFontsee Galleries, "sELECTED Works", Grand Rapids, Michigan

PaLatte Coffee & Art, "ArtPrize Eight", Grand Rapids, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, "Toast", Douglas, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, "Everyone in the Pool", Douglas, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, "macro micro", Solo Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, "Collective Alchemy", Grand Rapids, Michigan

2015
LaFontsee Galleries, "Let's Get Started", Grand Rapids, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, "Toast", Douglas, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, "Everyone in The Pool", Douglas, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, “Lookie Here”, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2014
LaFontsee Galleries, “Annual Fall Celebration”, Grand Rapids, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, “Modern Twist”, Douglas, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, “Hop Skip & a Jump”, Douglas, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, “Out of the Polar Vortex”, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2013   
LaFontsee Galleries, "On Common Ground", Grand Rapids, Michigan

2012   
LaFontsee Galleries, "25 Year Gala", Grand Rapids, Michigan
           
LaFontsee Galleries, "LG-Group", Douglas, Michigan
           
LaFontsee Galleries, "Power of Pattern", Douglas, Michigan
           
LaFontsee Galleries, “Fresh Squeezed and Locally Grown", Douglas, Michigan
           
LaFontsee Galleries, "Act II", Douglas, Michigan

2011    
LaFontsee Galleries, "Come Out and Play", Grand Rapids, Michigan
           
LaFontsee Galleries, "Fall at The Lakeshore", Douglas, Michigan
           
LaFontsee Galleries, "Summer Fun", Douglas, Michigan
           
LaFontsee Galleries, "Opening Celebration", Douglas, Michigan

2007
LaFontsee Galleries, "2007-d", Grand Rapids, Michigan

2006
TaigMarks, Inc., Solo Exhibition, Elkhart, Indiana

LaFontsee Galleries,"Five," Grand Rapids, Michigan

Ford Gallery, "Great Lakes Drawing Biennial," Juried Regional Exhibition, Eastern Michigan University, Yipsilanti, Michigan; received Honorable Mention

Kendall College of Art and Design, "360: Illustratiors Come Full Circle," Invitational Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2005
Ambient Gallery, Grand Opening Exhibition, Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Muskegon Museum of Art, "77th Regional Arts Competition," Juried Exhibition, Muskegon, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, "April Fools: Paintings or Prints?" Grand Rapids, Michigan

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. "Live Coverage," Grand Rapids, Michigan 

2004
LaFontsee Galleries, "UNADULTerated," Grand Rapids, Michigan

2003
LaFontsee Galleries, "Holiday Muse," Group Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Kendall Collage of Art and Design, "75 Years of Alumni," Juried Alumni Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan; received First Place Award

Subspace Contemporary Art, "Never See What You Believe," Invitational Group Exhibition, Berlin, Germany

Alder Art Gallery, "La Petite X," Juried National Exhibition, Coburg, Oregon

2002
Vesuvius Art Gallery, "By Sticks, Legs or Wheels," Two-Person Exhibition: Christy DeHoog Johnson and Marc R. Johnson, Glenn, Michigan

Lemon Street Gallery, "Annual Juried Exhibition," Juried Regional Exhibition, Kenosha, Wisconsin; received First Place Award

Eastern Michigan University, "Michigan Drawing Biennial," Juried Regional Exhibition, Ypsilanti, Michigan

Lowell Area Arts Council, "West Michigan Regional," Juried Exhibition, Lowell, Michigan

2001
Little Cities Gallery, Holiday Show, Kalamazoo, Michigan 
Vesuvius Art Gallery, "Telling Stories," Three-Person Exhibition, Glenn, Michigan

Muskegon Museum of Art, "73rd Regional Arts Competition," Juried Exhibition, Muskegon, Michigan

Grand Rapids Art Museum, "Festival 2001 Regional Arts Competition," Juried Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Vesuvius Art Gallery, "Heart's Desire," Glenn, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, "Winter Presents…," Grand Rapids, Michigan 

2000
LaFontsee Galleries, "NEW," Grand Rapids, Michigan

Muskegon Museum of Art, "72nd Regional Arts Competition," Juried Exhibition, Muskegon, Michigan

Bush Gallery, "Recent Works," Providence, Rhode Island

Grand Rapids Art Museum, "Festival 2000 Regional Arts Competition," Juried Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan; received Festival Cash Award

Grand Salon, Amway Grand Hotel, Grand Rapids, Michigan

1999
Channels Internet Cafe and Gallery, Two-Person Exhibition, Providence, Rhode Island

Artscape Gallery, "Garden," Solo Exhibition, Long Beach, California

University Art Museum, "Insights '99," California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, California; received Department of Illustration Merit Award

California State University Long Beach, "Annual Juried Graduate Exhibition," Long Beach, California; received Best of Show Award

Kendall College of Art and Design, "Annual Kendall Juried Competition," Grand Rapids, Michigan

Saddleback College, "Another View: Selected Works from Contemporary American Printmakers," Mission Viejo, California

Arts Center Gallery, "Off the Press, The Los Angeles Printmaking Society Student Member Exhibition," North Hollywood, California; received First Place Award

1998
The Banner Magazine, "The Banner Art Competition," Juried Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan; received Third Place Award

University Art Museum, "Insights '98," California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, California

California State University Long Beach, "Something Peculiar is in My Tea," Solo Exhibition, Long Beach, California

California State University, "Odyssey," Long Beach, California

1997
California State University, "Insights '97," Long Beach, California

California State University, "Odyssey," Long Beach, California

1995 - 96
San Francisco Women Artists' Gallery, Group Exhibitions, San Francisco, California

HONORS & AWARDS

2003
First Place Award, Kendall Collage of Art and Design, "75 Years of Alumni," Juried Alumni Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan 

2002
First Place Award, Lemon Street Gallery, "Annual Juried Exhibition," Juried Regional Exhibition, Kenosha, Wisconsin

2000
Featured Cover Artwork, On The Town Magazine, Grand Rapids, Michigan, October 2000

Festival Cash Award, Grand Rapids Art Museum, "Festival 2000 Regional Arts Competition," Juried Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan 

1999
Merit Award, Department of Illustration, University Art Museum, "Insights '99," California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, California 

Best of Show Award, California State University Long Beach, "Annual Juried Graduate Exhibition," Long Beach, California, juror Peter Frank

First Place Award, Arts Center Gallery, "Off the Press," The Los Angeles Printmaking Society Student Member Exhibition, North Hollywood, California

1998
Third Place Award, The Banner Magazine, "The Banner Art Competition," Juried Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

1998 Scholarship Award, Forty-Niner Shops, Inc., Long Beach, California

1997
Hallmark Summer Internship Program, participant, Hallmark, Inc., Kansas City, Missouri

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Buckley/Friedman Advertising and Public Relations, Costa Mesa, California

Gilda's Club, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Genesee Valley Library, Flint, Michigan

Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences, Grand Rapids, Michigan