Hans Loffel

The crisp, geometric work of Hans Loffel is alive with playful color harmonies. His abstracts of straight-sided shapes arranged in a square or rectangular format are seasoned with occasional curvilinear forms hinting at cloud edges, lapping water, or rounded leaves. If you look in the right places, his work reveals the inspiration of his travels to Italy, Switzerland, New York, and New Jersey.

Loffel's love affair with geometric composition is an outgrowth of his graphic design background and training in Switzerland. More academic influences include the work of Richard Diebenkorn, Swiss artists Max Bill and Karl Gerstner and Hawai'i's Hiroki Morinoue.

For many years, Loffel worked as a professional designer and his earliest fine art efforts started with printmaking. He most often uses monoprint techniques, building layers of color and form through multiple passes through the press. Other prints combine monoprint, lithography, and digital imaging.

More recently, Loffel has been exploring similar themes and compositions in watercolor. His paintings verge on the meditative: square format repetitions of space relationships, shifting in tone with variations in color. Loffel achieves a certain opacity with the paint and his hard-edged sensibility sets his work apart from that of many watercolorists.

In addition to painting and printing, making books by hand is another of Loffel's endeavors.

Born in Switzerland, Loffel later lived in England and France, working in advertising agencies in London and Paris. In 1964, he emigrated to Canada and over the next 13 years worked as a graphic designer in Montréal. Tired of long winters, Loffel moved to Hawai'i in 1978. For 16 years he owned Fingerprints in Honolulu, a small printing company, and provided graphic design services for numerous artists and arts organizations. He continues to work as a designer and occasional book publisher.



"The shapes, forms and colors of my visual vocabulary come from what I see in daily life as I'm driving, reading, walking, looking, dreaming. There is no end. It's a personal dictionary to which words are added as they come alive, to be used, explored and eventually discarded."

Hans Loffel



"Umbrella Tree"
acrylic on paper
12 x 16 inches
$350 unframed



"Snow Bush Leaves"
acrylic on paper
16 x 12 inches
$350 unframed



"Hanging Purple Heart"
acrylic on paper
16 x 12 inches
$350 unframed



"Monstera Rhapsody"
acrylic on paper
12 x 16 inches
$350 unframed



"Good Luck Banana Leaves"
acrylic on paper
12 x 16 inches
$350 unframed



"Looking in, Looking Out"
watercolor
22 x 27 inches
$750 framed



"A Garden of Delights"
cyanotype, watercolor, collage on paper
22 x 15 inches
$900 framed



"Final Landing"
watercolor
22 x 30 inches
$750 framed



"Expansion/Contraction"
9 woodcuts, each 11 x 15 inches
$900 unframed



"Permutation 5, Snow Plant"
monoprint, collage
20 x 20 inches
$500 unframed



"Permutation 2, Bamboo"
monoprint, collage, acrylic
20 x 20 inches
$500 unframed



"Permutation 2, Fern"
monoprint, collage
20 x 20 inches
$500 unframed



"Bamboo Rustling"
acrylic on paper
18 x 24 inches
$600 unframed



"Watch it Grow"
graphite and color pencil
9 x 12 inches
$360 unframed



"Through the Bedroom Window"
graphite and color pencil
8 x 8 inches
$300 unframed



"Primavera"
graphite and color pencil
9 x 12 inches
$300 unframed



"Cyclamen"
graphite and color pencil
9 x 12 inches
$360 unframed



"Berlitze/Barberry"
graphite and watercolor
9.5 x 12.5 inches
$480 framed






Hans Loffel - Exhibitions:

Honolulu Printmakers Annual Exhibitions, 1996 to 2008

International Book Arts Exhibition, 1996

Contents and Contexts: Lithography after 200 Years, 1998

Watercolors on the Edge 2, 2005

Hawaii Watercolor Society, 2005 to 2008

Hans Löffel - Collections:

Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts

The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu

Honolulu Academy of Arts

Private Collections in Hawaii, Switzerland and Italy


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