A monumental work Peter Hoffer, Depart has a remarkable presence. This work is brilliantly executed on panel, has a luminosity and a depth rarely seen. The painting has many layers of jewel blue and turquoises. The painting also captures many other intangible aspects of the ocean - the movement of the wind, the layers and accretions of time. Hoffer has a strong exhibition history in both North America and Europe. He maintains a studio practice in Canada and in Berlin.
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