Overview

Peter Hoffer's contemporary paintings have been described as being as much about studio materials and techniques as the subjects they convey.

Peter Hoffer portrays trees. He invites the audience to take a closer look at their posture, their details and their expressions. The subject is as important as the technique: the way trees grate, scratch and age is as much of a concern to Hoffer as the trees themselves. They are painted in a very classical, realistic and almost photographic manner, but they have a strong contemporary feeling imparted by the epoxy resin finish and the rough wooden box on which the artist paints. Hoffer’s work is a paradoxical mix of past and present, old and new, rough and sophisticated, realistic and abstract, outside perspective and intimate feeling.

 

The trees that Peter paints are not a copy of an existing geography. Sometimes he paints from photographs, but most of the time these trees are reminiscences. However, whether they exist or not, he sees his work as more about technique, about how he perceives the world, rather than the reality of the world itself. A few kilometres from Montreal, Peter has a cottage in the middle of the forest, which has become his lair, a place where he loves to paint. When he gets started, he starts by painting with oil on wood, then the more creative part begins: he applies touches of acrylic paint and several coats of epoxy varnish, which he makes himself. This process was inspired by the varnishes used in the academic painting salons of the 19th century, a way of embellishing paintings and conserving them. For the artist, it is a question of staging evocative landscapes, which will awaken memories, dreams, a feeling of déjà vu in each one. But at the second reading, if we see more than a landscape but a true reflection on art, the representation of nature and the painting as an object in itself, then he will have succeeded in his wager.

Works
Exhibitions
Biography

Peter Hoffer is a Canadian artist who has enjoyed a successful career in Northern America. His work has been exhibited in over 10 cities across the USA : including the prestigious Kathryn Markel gallery in Chelsea, New York and in the Mary Bell gallery in Chicago. Amongst many galleries that show his work in Canada, the Nicolas Metivier gallery in Toronto played a major role in his career. Hoffer works exclusively with our gallery in Europe.

SOLO & GROUP SHOWS

 

2020

Group show K+Y Gallery, Paris


2019
Solo Show Chase Young Gallery, Boston
Solo Show Newzones Contemporary, Calgary
Texas Contemporary Art Fair
AAF Battersea

2018
AAF Hong Kong
AAF London Hampstead
AAF Bruxelles
AAF Battersea

2017
Echoes, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts
Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal

2016
Art Hamptons
AAF New York
AAF Hong Kong
Solo show K+Y Gallery, Paris

2015
AAF New York
Hong Kong, Seoul, Singapore
Simon Blais Gallery, Montreal
Nicolas Metivier Gallery, Toronto
Kathryn Markel Fine Arts
Galerie de Bellefeuille, Quebec

2014
Los Angeles Art Show
AAF London,
AAF Hong Kong

AAF Brussels

AAF Hamburg
AAF New York

AAF Cologne

AAF Singapore
Art Basel
Art Miami
Art Hamptons

2013
AAF London

AAF Milan

AAF Hong Kong

AAF Brussels
Art Hamptons
20-21 International Art Fair

2012
London Art Fair
AAF Los Angeles
AAF Milan

AAF Bruxelles

AAF London
AAF New York


2011
“Stations of the Cross”, Peintures à l’huile, Nicolas Metivier Gallery, Toronto

2010
INTERVENTION – Galerie Simon Blais, Montréal

2008
Interior Garden, Brussels
L’Histoire Naturelle, London
Recent Paintings, Paris
L’Histoire Naturelle, Galerie Simon Blais, Montréal
“PROSE”, Nicolas Metivier Gallery, Toronto
Studio 21, Halifax
Landscapes, Chase Gallery, Boston
New Paintings. Bau-Xi, Vancouver
Divide, Simon Blais, Montréal

2007
New Paintings, Mary Bell Gallery, Chicago
“Element”, Nicolas Metivier Gallery, Toronto
“Stigmata”, Kathryn Markel, New York
Stricoff Gallery, New York

2006
“Terrain”, Nicolas Metivier, Toronto
“Common Ground”, Kathryn Markel, New York
New Art, Perry Nicole Gallery, Memphis
“Summertime in Paris”, Parisian Laundry, Montréal

2005
Galerie Simon Blais, Montréal
Recent Paintings, Bau-XI Gallery, Toronto
Galerie St-Laurent-Hill, Ottawa
New Painting, Parisian Laundry, Montréal

2004
Recent Paintings, Galerie St-Laurent-Hill, Ottawa
Gallery Bau XI, Vancouver
“The In Between”, Newzones, Calgary

2003
Musée de Las Arts de L’Université de Guadalajara, Mexico
Galerie Art Mur, Montréal
Galerie Simon Blais, Montréal
“Zones d’Experience”, Musée Du Québec

 

2002
Centre National d’Exposition de Jonquière
Galerie St-Laurent-Hill, Ottawa
Invitation Au Voyage, Maison de la Culture, Montréal

2001
Exposition Collection Permanente, Maison des Arts, Laval
Teodora Gallery, Toronto
“Distance”, Galerie Port-Maurice, Saint-Leonard

2000
Galerie Simon Blais, Montréal