The Wild Boars

Tiger sun. 114×146 cm. 1997. Oil and raw pigment on canvas.


Our village lies in an area where there are forests of evergreen oaks and box. They don’t grow very tall, 2-3 metres at most. The area is as big as Zealand with small villages here and there. They are obviously quite isolated. In the area there are many wild boars, foxes, pheasants and birds of prey. Here they live safe and sound. It is easy to hide. There is peace and quiet.  

Sometimes there are many hunters in the area. Especially the wild boars attract their interest. The locals say, “If you run over a wild boar, then it’s a problem, not for the boar but for the driver.” 

I know this by bitter experience.My car still smells of pig. 

One night I was driving through an isolated area to get home. Quietly and peacefully. But suddenly while I was driving I saw in the headlights that there was a flock of wild boar by the side of the road. At the same moment the great flock leader started to cross the road towards the car at an enormous speed. It all happened so fast that it was impossible to brake or avoid the impact. Then the unavoidable happened. I thundered into this belligerent monster. Its head with the small shining eyes and corner teeth are etched into my memory. But luckily I only hit its rear, which flew up over the radiator and down along the side of the car. The boar was so big that its back was higher than our radiator. The whole of the car’s radiator was crumpled up. Everything happened so suddenly as in an image which had passed the retina in a series of impressions without a conscious reference. 

I was paralysed by the situation. 

While the boar got up and ran into the forest with the rest of the family, I still sat behind the windscreen in my car with a fervent wish that I could paint myself out of this picture.



The Donkey’s Brain



Once upon a time a fox helped a tiger catch a donkey. Cunning is often better than strength, and truly it’s easier to cheat a donkey than catch it. But the tiger wouldn’t share!

He lay down to sleep warning anyone who touched his prey would…

“His prey?” thought the fox… then he ate the donkey’s brain.

When the tiger woke up he couldn’t complain: Would a creature with a brain have fallen into such a simple trap?




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The Glow of the Tiger



The Glow of the Tiger. New works

17th May – 7th October 2007


Burnt ochre Tiger. 130 x 162 cms. 2007

PRESS RELEASE from Nivaagaard

Uffe Christoffersen
The Glow of the Tiger.
New works.

17th May – 7th Oktober 2007

”Put a tiger in your tank” was a famous slogan a few decades ago, and that is exactly the type of fuel the painter Uffe Christoffersen fills us up with.
Throughout a generation, tigers en masse have poured out of his studio, roaring and purring, in play, rest and coupling. Always in strong colours and in a violent performance, which borrows from the painting of the Cobra group. In the last few years, Uffe Christoffersen has begun to retell the old fables, now with the tiger as the main character – tiger fables.

“The tiger painter’s” business is not merely the animal itself. Its ferocity is not only the wellspring for a strong artistic expression, but the tiger itself is also an image of the inspiration that must be tamed so that art can result from it.

Apart from the tiger, Uffe Christoffersen’s passion is ochre, the ferrous earth colour. It has interested him his whole life through, and is to be found in great pits near his home in the South of France.
For several years, he has worked to get the glow of the ochre under the strong sun into his pictures, even though he has to paint with other colours.

The tigers must have the same glow as the experience from nature – for us to be able to make a tiger’s leap into the realm of liberty and joy.

The exhibition at Nivaagaard’s Art Gallery shows completely new paintings from the artist’s hand, ’pure’ tiger pictures as well as tiger fables, all contained in main colour groups, light ochre, ochre, red ochre, natural umber, caput mortuum and black and white, so that each group of works reflects the individual colour and the way it is experienced in the strong sun of the South of France – which thus is made to shine on the Art Gallery at Nivaagaard.
A catalogue is published for the exhibition with text by the museum director, Nils Ohrt and a pictorial page designed by Uffe Christoffersen arranged according to an ‘ochre experience’.

Yours sincerely








The Donkey, the Fox and the Tiger


The Donkey, the Fox and the Tiger. 73 x 92 cms. 2007

The donkey and the fox went hunting together. But suddenly the fox saw a tiger and shaking with fear went up to him: “If you promise”, said the fox, “that nothing will happen to me, I will catch the donkey for you…” Then the donkey was enticed into a deep well. When the tiger saw that he had well and truly caught the donkey, he ate the fox first. Was that fair?





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Tigers and Fables

The Tiger and the donkey out hunting

When hunting, a tiger and a donkey can work together.
The donkey’s heehawing is a great halloo shout.
But you’ve never seen a hunting horn claim that it has brought down the prey

The Tiger and the donkey. 100 x 81 cms 2004. Oil on canvas.


Tiger fables is a common title I have given to my water colours which are inspired by 20 of Jean de la Fontaine’s fables. It is only a small selection from his very great works from the 17th century.

Through a deep study of these selected fables I experienced how profound their content was, and I was moved to interpret them in my own way. And they became paintings…

During my work with the animal fables I have had many experiences in relation to the world we live in. They are partly the great international political problems, and partly the intimate daily situations, which I have experienced in a different way seen in the light of the fables….

To get as close as possible to the original text I have read it in the original language. That is ancient French, but it was lucky for me that Anna Christoffersen made a translation into Danish, as well as writing a short text to each picture. La Fontaine’s fables were originally written in verse and are often very cryptic, almost surrealistic. There are ambiguities in the selection of animals; they can have different symbolic meanings than they have in a Danish context.

Through the numerous drawings and water colours I have done in the last 9 months, I have moved further and further into my own world of fables. Thus the Lion has become the Tiger.

I have consciously chosen certain fables which make up an “animal of prey’s” lifetime, taken together. The water colour “The Tiger” is inspired by the fable called “Le Lion” which is about a lion cub growing up and the other animals’ attitude to it during its growth. The water colours “The Tiger goes to War”, “The Tiger and the Donkey out Hunting”, “The Tiger’s Court” and others have taken their inspiration from “Le lion s’allant en guerre”, “Le lion et l’ane chassant”, “La cour de lion” and are about the grown-up tiger and its relationship to the other animals relative to their different mentalities. Finally there is “The Tiger who got old” (Le lion devenu vieux) which depicts the aging tiger experiencing how the other animals humiliate it.

In all the fables it is constantly a question of who is the strongest, and treats the psychological game between animals….or human beings. However it is not always about who is the largest, as seen in the fables “Le lion et le moucheron” and “Le lion et le rat”. They have inspired the water colours “The tiger and the gadfly” and “The Tiger and the Rat”.

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