Maciej Hoffman was born in Wroclaw, Poland in 1964. He studied at the Faculty of Theology at the Papal Theological Academy in Wroclaw from 1985-1988 and at the Faculty of Painting, Graphics and Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw from 1988-1992. He graduated with a degree in painting and sculpture in 1992 and lives and works in the UK.
He says: "First there is always a concept, an idea. Sometimes, I have an impression that the painting is painting itself, an intuition is guiding me while painting. The subjects which interest me result from my experience, from everyday life, from the everyday problems, and the issues that puzzle us throughout the years, forming our way of looking at the world, changing us. My observations are directed to catch the moments of tension, drama, and the clashes in the everyday life.
I am formally interested in contrasts of textures, colors and the means of presentation. Sometimes, one line or one spot influences the entire painting. If there is no feeling of suspense, it means that it is not done yet. I like to work at a fast rate, I paint as if I were throwing out of me a painting hidden inside.
In painting, I appreciate the courage of opinion and the freedom in the means of expression. I do not like decorativeness and submission to trends or fashion. I do not place emphasis on means of expression or artistic techniques – the intellectual values of art are more important to me than the style in which they are expressed.
In the modern world, art is the margin of freedom, which can and should be used."
Maciej's work will be shown alongside a group exhibition of landscapes by local artists, including paintings by Annabelle Dawson, Samantha Lesley, Helen Ryan and Fionn Wilson.