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Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1957, Wayne Hoey first studied painting with noted artist Rafael DeSoto at his studio in Bellport, Long Island, NY. Later he attended the School of Visual Arts and Virginia Commonwealth University earning a degree. While still a student, he began exhibiting his work at Richmond's Anderson Gallery along side artists as diverse as sculptors Mike Asente, Monique Luchette, Archie Miller and painter Larry Anderson. In 1984, Hoey relocated to New York where he began using the Art Students League of NY as a second studio to gain his mastery of painting the human form. When he started a family in 2003, he moved to New Jersey where he now lives and works. He continues to access the NYC artworld regularly nearby.

Hoey has consistently blended idea art with the figure. Though Hoey paints portraits of people, his work is reflective about our place in time. His figures are juxtaposed against the harsh contrast of natural and artificial worlds. He separates the figures from their surroundings within the image by color and scale; and in doing so, creates what he refers to as layers of consciousness. We can see this development with layered content as far back as 1978. In his work, the foreground and backgrounds are interchangeable with neither dominating the canvas. Each painting (usually) portrays only 1 person shown from different view points, and these subjects are lost in thought in the minutiae of everyday life. Hoey's meditative approach directs viewers to ask large questions about their existence which is amplified by the contrast of natural world.

Hoey begins from charcoal drawings, props, photos and live models. As a painting progresses, a storyline emerges inspired by his imagination and the various subjects at hand. Images, thoughts and environments accumulate. There is an ongoing transformation of form, subject and color thoughout.

During the 1980s and 1990s, Hoey had several important exhibitions in commercial galleries including PS 122 Gallery (1989 New York) where he exhibited 29 works and shared the gallery with other artist: Mike Love. He also exhibited on several occasions with sculptor Kurt Novak at OneTwentyEight Gallery (1988 New York) in the lower east side of New York. He has also shown locally at the Hamilton Street Gallery (2006, 2007, New Jersey). Hoey’s work is featured in private collections in the USA, and Brazil.

EXHIBITIONS:

2018 Winter Blues, Hamilton Street Gallery, Bound Brook, New Jersey.
2018 Senior State Show, Winsor, New Jersey.
2018 Somerset Senior Art Exhibit, Somerset County Administration Building, Somerville, New Jersey.
2010 Selected Artists, Hamilton Street Gallery, Bound Brook, New Jersey.
2007 Selected Artists, Hamilton Street Gallery, Bound Brook, New Jersey.
2005 Selected Artists, Hamilton Street Gallery, Bound Brook, New Jersey.
2001 New Painting, The Art Students League Gallery, New York City. Curated by Fred Mitchell.
1999 New Painting, The Art Students League Gallery, New York City. Curated by Frank O’Cain.
1998 Figurative Paintings, The Art Students League Gallery, New York City. Curated by Fred Mitchell.
1994 Trees and, Tompkins Square Library Art Gallery, New York City.
1992 Paintings and Drawings, The Art Students League Gallery, New York City. Curated by Daniel Dickerson.
1989 Dimenseration, Ammo Gallery/New Waterfront Museum, Brooklyn, New York.
1989 Thoughts and Memories, One Twenty Eight Gallery, New York City. Curated by Kurt Novak.
1989 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Brooklyn, New York.
1989 The Dark Side: WAYNE HOEY and MIKE LOVE, PS 122 Gallery, New York City. Curated by Tom Finkelpearl.
1988 Trans Ego, Minor Injury Gallery, New York City.
1988 Vital Signs, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Brooklyn, New York.
1985 Small Works, Washington Square East Gallery, New York University, New York City.
1983 Wayne Hoey, EKG Paintings, Grove Avenue Gallery, Richmond, Virginia.
1982 Common Sense, Anderson Gallery, Richmond, Virginia.
1982 Wayne Hoey, Works on Paper, Stuart Circle Hospital, Richmond, Virginia.
1979 Winter Show, Hecksher Museum, Huntington, New York. Invitational.
1977 Art on Long Island, Islip Museum, East Islip, New York. Invitational.
1977 The Painting Show, SUNY at Farmingdale, New York. Invitational.
1976 Spring Annual, Islip Museum, East Islip, New York. Invitational.