Adrienne Walker Hoard

"I believe I came into being as an artist to translate visual stories. In photographs or shaped linen, in glass or gemstone, poems of myth and daily legends, all become my colored forms. My personal vision is a creative composite from my years of lived experience as a member of the global community."

Maria, Adorned as A Mother of Sons - Color photograph 18 x 24 in.

Adrienne Walker Hoard is an artist, photographer and design educator. Dr. Hoard is a former Fulbright Scholar to South Korea teaching in Seoul at Ehwa Women’s University and Hong Ik University. As a Research Fellow to South Africa, Dr. Hoard taught at University of South Africa in Pretoria and the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town. Her international research in color and design resulted in distinct course work utilizing principles from NOTAN as a vehicle for developing self-awareness of internal responses to balance in the creative process. Having lived in Italy as a painter, her sensitivity to light and contrast is evident in her superb color-mixing. Dr. Hoard's art is housed in museums and private collections in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

“With an impressive academic record and a multifaceted professional experience, Adrienne Walker Hoard produces work that is sincere and compelling. Her practice involves pure documentary photography as well as photographic portraits which the artist creatively overlays with hand-painted colored shapes and motifs. Her subjects often include tribal men and women which she captured during her extensive travels and stays abroad. They document the life and everyday activities and rituals in the communities she observed and became a part of. Particularly mesmerizing are the beautiful traditional clothes and embellishments they wear.

Hoard's photographs are vibrant, capture the character of the sitter as well as manage to carry through the specific sentiment of the moment. The hand-painted motifs render each print unique and one-of-a-kind and add to the contextual aspects of the portrait by attaching more information both about the depicted as well as about the artist. The added colors and textures may speak to the customs of each tribe but may also be seen as a ritual itself performed by the artist as a process of capturing and communicating the aura of each persona.”  - Circle Foundation of the Arts, Director

Spirit Mask Series: Woman of Two Waters - Hand-painted photograph 13 x 15 in.
Lettie Masilela, Portrait - Black & White photograph 16 x 20 in.
Spirit Mask Series: Feathered Intruder - Hand-Painted photograph 13 x 15 in.
Mr. Ndimande, An Inyanga - Color photograph 16 x 20 in.

This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist


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