Eden East/West, 1988-89 signed, titled and dated ‘1988-89 / WADE D HOEFER’ (on the reverse)
oil and collage on canvas 72 x 120 x 5 1/4in
Farhat Art Museum Collection.
Wade Hoefer was born in Long Beach, California (1951) and lives and works in Healdsburg, California. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California. From 1992 to 1996 he was Artist-in- Residence at the Experimental Workshop and Aurobora Press in San Francisco. In 1997 he was Artist-in-Residence at the Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has taught Advanced Painting and Life Drawing at the San Francisco Academy of Art. In 1988 he led a Graduate Painting Seminar at the San Francisco Art Institute and a Graduate Seminar in Advances Painting at the San Francisco Academy of Art.
Wade Hoefer paints timeless and mysterious landscapes that are conspicuously void of human presence or wildlife, but thoroughly infused with atmosphere and a sense of tranquility. Characteristic of Hoefer’s rich and lustrous works is his compositional device of framing his landscapes with a wide contrasting landscape border that display a similar or contrasting landscape. The creation of a dual picture, or “luminoso”, adds yet another dimension to his rich, highly textural canvases and works on paper. Although his signature landscapes, often painted in a limited palette of ochers, umbers, sepias and mossy greens, are inspired by the scenery of Northern California they are also evocative of the golden landscapes depicted in numerous historical paintings of Italy and America. In this regard, Hoefer has said he prefers his paintings to remain “a memory of something that is faint, oblique and intangible”, allowing for a myriad of worlds to unfold for the viewer. The fact that they are uninhabited is both enriching and disquieting. The work’s meditative quality allows the viewer to escape into an idealized landscape where Hoefer’s epic imagery taps into a collective solitude that seduces the viewer and resonates with expectation, a feeling of promise yet unrealized, while locating within one’s imagination a place outside of worldly considerations. Wade Hoefer’s works are a testament to his brilliant technique and facility as a painter, his mastery of the landscape genre, his ability to communicate the spiritual and eternal in nature, and a capacity for innovative artistic expression that speaks directly to the contemporary mind.