Visual Arts Daniel Hoffmann

  • Daniel Hoffmann © John Lui
    Artist Talk by Daniel Hoffmann at Red Gate Studio
  • Daniel Hoffmann © John Lui
    Artist Talk by Daniel Hoffmann at Red Gate Studio
  • Daniel Hoffmann © Red Gate Gallery
    Welcome Dinner with artists in residency of Red Gate Gallery
  • Daniel Hoffmann © Red Gate Gallery
    Daniel Hoffmann at Red Gate Open Studio
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    Daniel Hoffmann’s Work at Red Gate Open Studio


Daniel Hoffmann, born in 1978 in Altdöbern, southern Brandenburg, is now based in Dresden. He studied drawing near Bremen and subsequently refined his draughtsmanship and visual vocabulary in Professor Wolfram Adalbert Scheffler’s master class in Dresden. At the end of his studies, Hoffmann focussed his creative energies on drawings on paper, ranging from large-scale washed-out watercolours to his current style of small, stringent, reduced works on paper. Within this spectrum, the artist studies the effects of minimal colour shifts and washouts. His object-like drawings are marked by relieving structures. He describes his creative process as being “like the way water scratches and tears its way across the landscape”. His artworks can be read as landscapes with “rivulets of mountain chains, washouts, weathering, and seismographic fault lines”.  Daniel Hoffmann’s works have been shown in Toronto, Detroit, Eindhoven (Netherlands) and Pilsen (Czech Republic), among other places. In 2014 he won the Caspar David Friedrich Prize in Greifswald for works on paper and photographs.

In association with the Kulturstiftung des Freistaats Sachsen (Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony), the Goethe-Institut China invited Hoffmann to Beijing for a three-month visual arts residency in 2016.
In his current project, Daniel Hoffmann asks what aspects of the imagination are brought forth by spatial drawings and how drawings on paper of a given space differ from the same actually depicted spaces that one can walk through. In his analyses of surroundings and observations of nature, the artist focuses on the vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines of landscapes. Hoffmann exhibited his current works on paper and objects created during his residency in Beijing at the Red Gate Gallery’s “Open Studio” on 24 September 2016.