Let go: Urgency (a working title for this group of paintings/the show in which they will appear this fall) is about moving away from predetermined structure and following pictures that scrape the edges of imagined voices with the palette knife’s forceful honesty. Color is multiplicitous and diffuses into pitch and tones building thickly over form until the shapes and spaces underneath are felt but not seen.
Jeremy Hoffeld was born in Brooklyn in 1974. He has been drawing and painting since childhood. Hoffeld studied Art History at Columbia University, where he wrote a thesis on Upper Paleolithic Parietal Art– exploring the way in which that art is less homogenous then is commonly thought. While researching the thesis he visited the caves of Font de Gaume, Cap Blanc and Les Combarelles in the south of France.
While Hoffeld’s voice as a painter was shaped in part by his education in Art History at Columbia it was no less informed by his decision to study painting outside of the university. Instead, he spent two years copying the old masters at the Fogg and Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He studied with David Andrus, who insisted that good figurative paintings must also be able to function as abstract pictures and that painting should be like a sword fight. Later, Hoffeld worked with Ellen Eagle for a year at the Art Students League.
Hoffeld has had two solo shows at the John Davis Gallery in Hudson, New York. His paintings are held in many private collections around the country.