Flemming Hoff
Flemming Hoff 
Art direction:
Contemporary Art

About Flemming Hoff

Flemming Hoff, Danish artist born in 1946.


Flemming Hoff as a visual artist he is an autodidact. He was an educated as an architect, and it may be a good explanation of the fabrics and materiality experienced in his works.


Flemming Hoff's works refute artistic reflections and long theoretical analyzes. There are works that speak a particular materiality to the senses and call on touch and scent. Works that depend on sensations, and which seem to suffer inconveniences when they are framed and limited by words.

His latest series of paintings are physically considered to be greater than what a common person can embrace, and as a viewer, you easily penetrate 'into them'. They are monochrome color panels made by painting layer-on-layers on the canvas. The geometric shapes and simple compositions reveal a relationship with American color-field painters such as Mark Rothko, Clyfford Still and Barnett Newman, but in the Hoff's situation the palette is more graphic-ascetic, and he uses a notched trowel that leaves the grid-like traces in the upper color areas, whereby the underlying layer emerges and "disturbs" the meditative order on the canvas. Dark shadows dance under the lemon yellow, red or white surfaces, they rise and appear like elegant tones to show off their beauty next time you look precisely at them. White color would be an analogue to 'noise' that rises and falls in strength. Drops of paint run down the canvas and draw streaks.

Many of the intermittent layers of oil and acrylic paint create the foundation of vibrating, kaleidoscopic structures which give the painting's nonfigurative expression and a particular excitement. The works speak their own quiet language, which provokes the curiosity of the viewer.