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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

When East meets West, K + Y Gallery, Paris
Peter Hoffer: Allegory, Chase Young Gallery, Boston

Group Shows on Artsy

Summer Art, K + Y Gallery, Paris
Winter Group Show 2015, Chase Young Gallery, Boston
Inside and outside, K + Y Gallery, Paris