Marilou Hogeboom: An Artist’s Life
Much of her work is abstract figuration with a 1950s feel to it — reminiscent of Bay Area figurative artists like Elmer Bischoff — but she also maintained a continual process of experimentation. Figures are described with thin sinewy outlines or blocks of thick impasto in often somber hues, and faces almost always have minimal features. Occasionally the entire figure is just a line scratched out of wet paint, but no less compelling for the simplicity of technique.
As a young single mother raising a son and daughter in the 1960s, the artist found a career as a special ed teacher in the Newport-Mesa School District. In the 1970s, after the children were grown, she moved into the Park Newport Apartments (as described in a recent profile in the Orange County Register), where she was able to paint overlooking the Back Bay for several hours each day.
Having worked in printmaking, painting, tapestries, ceramics and mixed media, Hogeboom was planning to study welding for future work. Although she may not have made her career as an artist in the traditional sense, she lived life as an artist, seeing things a bit differently and finding comfort in art and beauty.