At once ethereal and expressive, this rich landscape is by Canada’s Peter Hoffer. Known for combining both realistic and abstracted forms, in this piece a large, dark green leafy tree sits centre frame against a backdrop of a pale blue sky, and fields and forests rendered in a wash of moss green, orange, yellow and cerise. Reminiscent of the romantic landscapes of John Constable, Hoffer’s use of red pays homage to the early 19thcentury British painter who used the colour to represent ‘man.’ His manipulation of the composition's surface and his signature use of layers of resin adds both texture and a contemporary touch to the work.
“The surfaces of paintings 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.” Peter Hoffer
“An intuitive communicator, Peter Hoffer has nevertheless covertly fashioned a barrier - a glossy, transparent coat of resin - between his audience and his art. The barrier serves as the threshold to another state of mind.” Lynn Moore, Art Critic, The Montreal Gazette
Peter Hoffer holds an MFA from Concordia University and degrees from the University of Guelph and OCAD University. Hoffer has lived and worked in Toronto, New York City, Paris, Montreal and Berlin. He has exhibited widely at art fairs in Basel, Toronto, New York, Stockholm, London, Milan, Amsterdam and Hong Kong. His paintings are held in many private, corporate and public collections.