Peter Hoffer


Peter Hoffer Biography

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. This random etching of the surface call to task the sense of material "value". The preciousness of the objet d'art, as well as the peripheral landscape represented appears to be rediscovered much like an artifact. It's 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. Challenging this is the thick high gloss encapsulating surface, slick and precious in its packaging.

My paintings draw attention to areas of the landscape that can be considered "less than spectacular". More recent 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.