Today I am painting a large yellow tiger. The light is good so the brushes are flying. It may have something to do with the music I am listening to: Bach’s Suites for Cello, nos 1, 4 & 5 with Rostropovich. I think with the same strokes as he does when I paint my picture. Powerful and violent strokes. With thick gritty lines. It goes in time with the music. The rhythm keeps its own time. The sound is Bach at his best.
What does a tiger have to do with Bach’s music?
Bach is said to have had such a temperament, that people who knew him could relate how they could see a hungry tiger in his eyes when he was composing. A tiger that would break all bounds. It consumed everything it saw, heard and felt.
In the middle of all that music you could smell raw flesh.
About the artist:
Born 1947 in Denmark. Painter and graphic artist
Education: 1968-73 – student at Royal Danish Academy of Art in Copenhagen, under Professor Harald Leth and Professor Egill Jacobsen; 1973-75 – attends 2-year course at Art Teaching Department of Academy of Art, under Professor Helge Bertram; 1975-83 – employed in the Laboratory for Paint Science; 1983-87 – teacher at the Jutland Academy of Art in Aarhus.
Biography: Uffe Christoffersen had his debut at the Charlottenborg’s Spring Exhibition in 1971, he where a member of the artistic group Violet Sol 1974-88.
Uffe moved in 1990 to south of France, to a little village Fontareches in Provence together with his wife, Annette Hoff-Jessen, who also is a painter. Uffe Christoffersen is clearly an expressive painter. His distinguished weapon is the colour and here, he is scientific in his passion. His style is a “devil-may-care”, vividly coloured and seducing form of new-expressionism. Uffe Christoffersen has a spontaneous and energetic painterly manner, as not seen since the COBRA painters turned everything upside-down.
The motifs are often tigers or mythological figures.
Selected exhibitions: Henning Larsens Art Shop, Copenhagen; Galerie Birkdam, Copenhagen; Anette Birchs Kunsthandel, Copenhagen 1990; Galerie Birch, Copenhagen 1995-97-02-04-05; Galerie Nord, Randers; Galerie Gl. Lejre; Galleri Torso, Odense; Kunstmuseet Trapholt, Kolding; Enrico Trizio, Bari, Italy; Galeriet, Ikast; Randers Art Museum; Galerie Edeling, Copenhagen; Graphics Biennalen in BadenBaden, Germany; La Galerie, French Cultural Centre, Oslo; Sveaborg, Finland; XIV, Cagnes-sur-Mer, France.
Awards and grant: The States Art Fund’s 3-year scholarship 1992-94.