This exceptional tall image of a cedar appears to be of both past and present. Rendered like a master but finished with a contemporary surface it addresses the duality of old and new. Peter Hoffer’s landscapes have one foot in classic realism and the other in deconstruction. He uses mixed media on wood with high gloss resin – the imagery is rendered in realism but ultimately expressed as a modern commodity.
Born in Brantford Ontario in1965, Hoffer has a M.F.A. from Concordia University in Montréal, degrees from the University of Guelph, Ontario, and the Ontario College of Art in Toronto. He has lived and worked in Toronto, New York City, Montreal and now maintains a significant studio practice in Berlin, Germany.
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