Bold, bright, and rife with contrast, you have to hand it to Peter Hoffman: he knows his style. As he has with past shows, Hoffman’s paintings are wildly constructed, designed to catch the viewer’s eye and hold it with unrelenting force. However, in his latest show, “Painting with Peter,” Hoffman and host Heaven Gallery present an artist who has grown more controlled in palette while remaining exuberant in execution. Again, Hoffman’s canvasses are crossed with rich oils in decadent colors, densely and almost recklessly layered to articulate the volume of his hues. However, unlike past works, which splashed a range of eye-popping colors, Hoffman’s newer paintings have a contained manner, which increases the intensity of the work, pulling the viewer in to better examine the finer aspects of the canvas. Hosted in conjunction with recent sculptural work by Dick Dermody, these new works belie a recent evolution within an already skilled painter. (Jaime Calder)
Through July 17 at Heaven Gallery, 1550 North Milwaukee, 2nd floor.