Peter Hoffer, ‘Carved Trees Cut’, Oeno Gallery
Peter Hoffer, ‘Carved Trees Cut’, Oeno Gallery
Peter Hoffer, ‘Carved Trees Cut’, Oeno Gallery

Evocative landscape with storm on the horizon. A classic Hoffer landscape, gritty and evocative - not a typical pastoral scene. Hoffer cuts into the wood panel, layers the paint and seals it with resin. Peter Hoffer’s landscapes have one foot in realism and the other in deconstruction. Often Hoffer uses mixed media on wood with high gloss resin. Hoffer studied at the University of Guelph and the Ontario College of Art, and has a M.F.A. from Concordia University in Montréal. He now lives in Berlin. His work is regularly exhibited in Canada, Germany, the UK, France, and the United States. "These latest paintings are my most recent in the Landscape series. The surfaces of these works, in contrast to the slick glossy finish, are further stressed and worked over. These surfaces have been marked, scratched, cracked and seared. Like the terrain itself, the surface layers of these works are dynamic, and balance between the various states of season. The result invokes a sense of abandon and a hint of a work in transition. These paintings draw attention to areas of the landscape that can be considered “less than spectacular”. As such, they force the viewer to search for landmarks or meaning. The paintings are perhaps less serene than works from the past. Being a bit more “painterly”, The works fluctuate between “rest” and “discontent”, optimistic in anticipation." - Peter Hoffer

About Peter Hoffer

Peter Hoffer is a landscape painter, working with traditional varnishing techniques popularized in the 19th century. He particularly addresses artists’ practice of using a high-gloss finish to maintain the appearance of being newly completed. His images feature nondescript views of landscapes, to which he applies many coats of reflective varnishes, sometimes between layers of paint. Over time, the surface shows natural inconsistences such as discoloration and cracks. Hoffer exaggerates this effect by marking, etching, scratching, and searing the varnished layers, such that they becomes rough “like the terrain itself.”

Canadian, b. 1965, Brantford, Canada, based in Montreal, Canada

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
2016
When East meets West, K + Y Gallery, Paris

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
2016
Summer Art, K + Y Gallery, Paris
2015
2012
Inside and outside, K + Y Gallery, Paris