Large scale romantic landscape created with clay, and pigment on linen evokes the patina of a fresco. Deliberately cracked and textured to create the impression of a work that has survived time.
Peter Hoffer was born in Brantford On. 1965. He 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, and Montreal and now resides in Berlin, Germany.
"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 preciousness of the objet d’art, as well as the peripheral landscape represented appears to be rediscovered much like an artifact. Its apparent neglect through time, neglect or abuse, is salvaged and displayed. The markings on the paintings, inconsistencies in the resin and the unrefined finishing of the canvas structure, allude to the elements found outside the Artist’s control. 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