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Ben Franklin

This series of original paintings by Bernard Hoffman of Benjamin Franklin's life was commissioned to celebrate Benjamin Franklin's 250th Birthday. They were first printed as souvenir stamps and distributed to every American Embassy around the world and also to many large corporations throughout the United States. A framed print of Ben Franklin, Scientist is now hanging in Phildelphia's Benjamin Franklin Institute next to Norman Rockwell's Ben Franklin.

To purchase individual original signed prints contact: Bernard Hoffman at benaul@yahoo.com.

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Bernard Hoffman


Born in Los Angeles and raised in New York City, Bernard Hoffman has been drawing and painting since elementary school. At age 10, he was awarded a scholarship to The Little Red Schoolhouse Saturday art classes in Greenwich Village. He then gained admission to the High School of Music & Art. During high school, he won another scholarship to The School for Art Studies. After graduating high school he won a scholarshipto attend college at Pratt Institute. He has also attended figure and portrait classes at the Art Students League. During the Korean War, the US Navy used his special skills to supervise a specialized art unit designing posters and illustrating manuals & classified projects. He established an aviation safety newsletter that has since grown into the well respected colorful US Naval Aviation Magazine. Leaving the Navy in 1954, Hoffman founded Benaul Associates Advertising, an art studio and advertising agency in New York City. Some of his awards include: National AAA Poster Contest, First Prize Department of Parks Art Contest, First Prize Society of Illustrators, Honorable Mention Society of Illustrators, Honorable Mention Society of Illustrators, Honorable Mention His work has been shown at:

  • Many American Embassies around the world
  • Society of Illustrators, NYC
  • New York Art Directors Club, NYC
  • Whitney Museum of Art, NYC
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
  • Benjamin Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA
  • Pratt Institute National Travel Exhibition
  • Hemlock Farms Group Shows, PA
  • Chant Gallery of Lords Valley, PA
  • Pike County Arts Exhibitions, Milford, PA
  • Monroe County Arts Gallery, Stroudsburg, PA
  • APA Gallery, Milford, PA

Member of:

  • American Society of Portrait Artists
  • Portrait Society of America
  • Pike County Arts Council
  • Pocono Arts Council

Hoffman can be contacted at his studio:
2361 Hemlock Farms • Lords Valley, PA 18428
570-775-6611 • Fax: 570-775-1678
Email: benaul@yahoo.com

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