Peter Hoffer, ‘Purple Sky’, Oeno Gallery
Peter Hoffer, ‘Purple Sky’, Oeno Gallery
Peter Hoffer, ‘Purple Sky’, Oeno Gallery
Peter Hoffer, ‘Purple Sky’, Oeno Gallery
Peter Hoffer, ‘Purple Sky’, Oeno Gallery
Peter Hoffer, ‘Purple Sky’, 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.

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