Peter Hoffer | “Charlevoix” 2023
Newzones Gallery is pleased to present “Charlevoix”, a solo exhibition of new work by Canadian contemporary painter Peter Hoffer.
The paintings in Hoffer’s newest body of work Charlevoix, are an accumulation of works assembled this past Spring/Summer. The trees are specific to the Charlevoix Region of Quebec, as well as the Laurentians where Hoffer has a small studio. Each painting is paired with a smaller, dimensional object piece which contrasts it’s partnered tree. These pieces allude to religious reliquary often presented in historic chapels, churches, and cathedrals, and suggests the beatification of each tree.
Hoffer’s gestural landscape paintings are sealed in layers of resin, which pick up reflections of light and ambient images. The landscape adopts its surroundings; reflecting them and thus they become part of the landscape. Also part of this reflective reality, are the people who inhabit the space, be they individuals viewing the work or people using its sheen as a mirror to preen. The curious have to step closer, change their perspective and look longer to get past reflections to see the details under the surface glimmer. The layering of plywood, gesso, paint and resin mimic the very topography of a landscape itself. The image and material of the “objet d’art” lies in a suspended state. The image is conflicted with a surface tension, unnatural, but serene.
Peter Hoffer earned a Masters of Fine Arts from Concordia University in Montréal, Québec. Hoffer’s paintings can be found in several prominent public, private, and corporate collections, including Cirque de Soleil, Musee des Beaux-Arts, Montreal, Royal Bank of Canada, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery and ING New York, New York, Rodin Law Firm Litigation Counsel, Calgary, AB, to name a few.