I am Perry Hoffman, artist, photographer, mosaic maker, tile maker and creator of the Tile House in the Mojave desert... specifically in wOnder valley, east of Twentynine Palms.
Born in 1953 in Los Angeles, California, at the Queen of Angels Hospital. My parents were New York Jews, Rose & Ben, who always taught, peace, love, understanding and compassion for all people and had a love of art and music. You learn these things early. Grateful.
Studied art in first grade and got in trouble for drawing a nude.
Studied art at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia in the early seventies. Played with Paul Reubens and David Hasselhoff. Causing a ruckus, with a few regrets but otherwise a fun time.
Migrated in 1975 to San Francisco, doing color xerox collage and mail art, photography and clay and small backyard gardens. Great classes with Toby Klayman in San Francisco, who taught Business and Visual Artist. Forever grateful being introduced to POSTCARDS… Participated in a few group shows with copy art artists in the Albany State Museum and a few in various locations in San Francsico, like La Mamelle Gallery. Those were the days. This part requires a book.
In 2ooo the stark and open, hard and hot, sometimes freezing desert embraced me
til 2oo8 where I explored an in depth study of life and my surroundings with camera in hand and embarked on a mosaic project taking on an entire house inside and out with the environs of Joshua Tree National Park at my side. The Tile House was inspired by my first visit to Watts Towers when I was ten years old and currently by the wildlife, huge skies and magic of the desert. Not to mention the fragments of tile one can find in the sand.
Met Douglas Smith in 2005 online and everything changed. ocean desert ocean desert ocean desert… Got married on the first “legal” day. Now the Tile House is adorned with his furniture and also some collaborations around the dining table. Grateful.
so I say, “I can fire it, break it, and make art out of it.”
There is more. In 2o22 we moved to Gualala to make art, farm our beautiful acres and help the bees.
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thanks for your bird postcard…it took me bit to figure out who it came from.
great website, very informative and easy to navigate
i found the color a bit much, but thats a canadian for u, we’re used to green and browns lol
left u my home web page where i am from – its kinda dank and sparse, but that is how Chief and Council wanted it, Elder friendly we call it
chat soon and see u at the scrabble board
A mutual friend, Robert Tucker, were dicussing art and art experiences during his recent art show opening at our FRONT WINDOW gallery in Yucca Valley. He mentioned your mosaic class in November and sent me this link to your website. I have not been able to find any info on this upcoming workshop and would like some more info if you wouldn’t mind sending it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or snail mail to: Arlette Capel, c/o American Free Journal – 55838 29 Palms Highway – Yucca Valley, CA 92284. If time permits, I would be interested in doing this workshop and meeting you.
I am the co-publisher of the American Free Journal and the Desert Valley Star, the ALTERNATIVE newspapers of the Morongo and Coachella Valleys. If you are not familiar with our publications (or haven’t seen them recently) please go to desertvalleystar.com and take a look.
By looking at your website, it looks like we might have a lot in common and a lot to talk about, in terms of fitting your ideas into our paper somehow. We are very interested and focused on local stories, events, issues, and the environment, and spiritual concerns, etc…
If you are interested in starting a dialogue, please contact me.
Looking forward to hearing from you,
and … great website,
❤ This is so great Perry. Thanks for sharing your work and bringing love into the world everyday.
Perry. I look forward to seeing you, Doug, Richard, Olive, Adrian, Beth,Jack, lorane,Randy…and whoever’s else should be out and about on 5th. Many blessings to you all
WOW what a great surprise! And you’ll be here for Open Studio … we are having a little party Saturday night (the 5th) love to have you and everyone here with us! Xo xo Perry and Doug
When will you have another workshop in Santa Barbara?
Sorry I am moving from the area to Northern California
Hi there, will you be having workshops in northern California. I am new to mosaic art and I absolutely love your work.
Yes I will be having workshops in Gualala once we are settled here.
Will definitely be announced on the website