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IRA HOFFECKER

Ira Hoffecker is a German-Canadian artist. Relocating from Germany to Canada in 2004, now a Canadian citizen, she resides and maintains her art practice in Victoria, Canada. She is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. 

In August 2018 Ira achieved an MFA degree from Plymouth University in England and Transart Institue, New York, N.Y. Ira achieved a First Class Bachelor (Honours) in Fine Art from the University of Gloucestershire, England in 2015. Previously, Ira studied art at the Vancouver Island School of Art in Victoria, Canada where she obtained a Diploma of Fine Arts in 2013.
 

Her work has been exhibited in solo, duo and group exhibitions in Germany, England and Canada. In 2015, Ira was one of 20 UK graduates whose work was shortlisted for the Graduate Art Prize in London. She won the first prize in the juried ‘Abstract Show 2015’ in Vancouver with her painting Alexanderplatz VIII. Her Camp Moschendorf II painting was shortlisted for the John Moore Painting Prize 2016. The painting was exhibited at the 2016 Liverpool Biennial.

vita

About me

vitae and bio

education

2016 – 2018 Plymouth University, England and Transart Institute, NYC, USA

M.F.A. August 2018

 

2014 – 2015 University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, England,

First Class Honours B.A. in Fine Art – June 2015

 

2013 – 2014 University of Victoria, Canada

Design, Printmaking, Sculpture and Media Technologies

 

2012-2013 Emily Carr University in Vancouver, Canada

Aboriginal B.C. Art History

 

2007 – 2013 Vancouver Island School of Art, Victoria, Canada

Diploma of Fine Arts

 

1981-1984,1985, 1986 Sprachen- und Dolmetscher Institut, Munich Germany

French and Economics

exhibitions

solo exhibitions

2021

– Transitions, The Fortune Gallery, Victoria, May 2021

2019

– History as Personal Memory, The Front Gallery, Edmonton, November 2019

– Conjunction. Zack Gallery in Vancouver BC Canada. June 13 to July 21

2017

-Berlin Identities. Zack Gallery in Vancouver BC Canada. June

2016

-Urban Identities. The Front Gallery. Edmonton AB Canada, October/November

-Urbane Welten. Kunstraum Tapir. Berlin Germany. February

2015

-Urbane Welten. Ira Hoffecker. Freiheitshalle. Hof Germany, October to December

-Urban Settings. Sewell Centre Art Gallery, Radley College, Abington/Oxford, September

2014

-Urban Layers. 1580 Gallery. Victoria BC Canada. June

-Urban Layers. Upstairs Gallery. University of Victoria, Victoria BC Canada. March

2013

-Urban Reflections. The Front Gallery. Edmonton AB Canada, October/November

-Urban Reflections. The Gallery at Matticks. Victoria BC Canada. July

-Urban Reflections. The Sooke Harbour House Art Gallery. Sooke BC Canada. April

-Urban Reflections. Axis Contemporary Art Gallery. Calgary AB Canada.

2012

-The Gallery at Mattick’s. Victoria BC Canada. May

-The Gallery at the MAC. Victoria BC Canada. October-December

2011

– Ira Hoffecker – New Paintings. The Sooke Harbour House Art Gallery. Sooke BC Canada. February

– Urban Settings. The Front Gallery. Edmonton AB Canada, May

– Urban Settings. Dales Gallery. Victoria BC Canada. October

2010

– Ira Hoffecker. The Gallery at Matticks. Victoria BC Canada. January

exhibitions

DUO exhibitions

2016
‘URBAN SETTINGS’ GALERIE HOFFMANN CONTEMPORARY ART in Rheda-Wiedenbrueck, Germany,

March 6TH to April 16th

2015
‘JOURNEY ELSEWHERE’ with British artist Abbie Phillips, at MENIER GALLERY, LONDON, April 2015

2012
THE FRONT GALLERY in EDMONTON, March 28th to April 12th, 2012

2012
ATTI GALLERY in TORONTO, October 15th to November 26th, 2012

2011
AXIS CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY in CALGARY, July & August 2011

2011
DALES GALLERY in VICTORIA, April 2011

2010
DALES GALLERY in VICTORIA, April 8th to May 4th, 2010

2010
AXIS CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY in CALGARY, October 7th-26th, 2010

2020   Solstice, Gage Gallery, December 2020

2020  Christmas Exhibition, Gallery at Matticks, December 2020

2020   Context, Errant Art Space, Victoria, September 2020

2020   Out of the Silence, Gage Gallery, July 2020

2020   Capas Urbana’s, ACE, Fundación para el arte contemporáneo, Buenos Aires, Argentina, February 20th to March 12th

2019    Beyond Realism, The Front Gallery, March/April 2019

2019    Poetry Exhibition, Zack Gallery Vancouver, April/May 2019

2019    Abstract Exhibition, Federation of Canadian Artists gallery Vancouver, January 2019

2018    Master of Fine Arts Graduation exhibition, Berlin, August 2018

2018    Women in Art, The Front Gallery, Edmonton, Canada, August/September 2018

2018    Sooke Fine Art Show, Sooke Canada, July 2018

2018    History as Personal Memory, Slide Room Gallery, Victoria, February 16th to March 12

2017    Excavating, The Front Gallery Edmonton, August 24 to September 16

2017    To Return Again, The Slide Room Gallery, Victoria, March 10 to April 3rd

2016    Wilson Public Art Gallery, Cheltenham, England, High Street Layers Project, January 16th to February 21st, with Symposium event on February 12th, 2016  

2016    Ira’s Camp Moschendorf painting was shortlisted for the British John Moores Painting prize and was exhibited at Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery during the Liverpool Biennale 2016

2015    Ministry of Casual Living, Victoria, December 2015   

2015    Graduate Art Prize 2015, 1 of 20 UK graduates, September-December 2015, London

2015    GALERIE LEO.COPPI, Auguststrasse Berlin, Germany, BERLINER BILDER,  June to August

2015    VISA Alumni Juried Exhibition at Winchester Galleries Victoria, July 25-August 8

2015    B.A. (honors) in FINE ART Graduation Exhibition at Hardwick Campus, UNIVERSITY OF GLOUCESTERSHIRE, Cheltenham, England, May 29th to June 23rd

2015    B.A. (honors) in FINE ART Graduation Exhibition at Free Range Gallery Space, London, England, June 24th to June 30th

2015   “ABSTRACT SHOW” – juried group show in Vancouver,  FEDERATION OF CANADIAN ARTISTS,
April 2015, 1st PRIZE


2015   
INTERSPACE – group exhibition in the project space of the University of Gloucestershire, March

2014    ART GALLERY OF GREATER VICTORIA,  July, Summer Small Works group show, Massey Gallery

2014    “ABSTRACT SHOW” – juried group show in Vancouver, FEDERATION OF CANADIAN ARTISTS April 2014, 2nd PLACE for Ira’s HAMBURG HARBOUR painting

2014    Sooke Fine Art Show, Juried Exhibition, July 2014

2014    ART GALLERY OF GREATER VICTORIA, Massey Gallery, July 2014, Summer Small Works group show

2014    Active Member show at the FEDERATION OF CANADIAN ARTISTS Gallery in Vancouver, January 2014

2013    The Red Show at GRANVILLE FINE ART GALLERY IN VANCOUVER, February 2013

2013    Active Member show at the Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery in Vancouver, January

2013    DIPLOMA OF FINE ARTS GRADUATION EXHIBITION, Slide Room Gallery, Victoria, BC, June

2012    PAINTING ON THE EDGE juried group exhibition in Vancouver in August ($1000 award)

2012   U8 exhibition, SOPA FINE ARTS GALLERY IN KELOWNA in April 2012

2012    GRANVILLE FINE ARTS GALLERY in Vancouver, Christmas Group Exhibition, December

2012    SIDNEY FINE ART SHOW, October 12th to 14th, 2012, Sidney, BC, (Honourable Mention)

2012   SOOKE FINE ART SHOW, July 28th to August 6th, 2012 – (JUROR’S AWARD)

2012   1580 GALLERY IN VICTORIA in April 2012

2012   Victoria International  Airport with the ART GALLERY OF GREATER VICTORIA, July to December 2012

2011   U8 exhibition SOPA FINE ARTS GALLERY in Kelowna April 2011

2011   Sooke Fine Art Show, juried art exhibition, July/August 2011

2011   Sidney Fine Art Show, juried art exhibition, September 2011, (Honourable Mention)         

2011   Victoria International Airport, November and December 2011

2011   DALES GALLERY in Victoria in December 2011

2010   Sooke Fine Art Show 2010 – juried art exhibition, July 23rd to August 1st        

2010  U 8 Event at SOPA FINE ARTS GALLERY in Kelowna in April 2010

2010   Sidney Fine Art Show, juried art exhibition, September 2010

2010   AGNES BUGERA GALLERY in Edmonton, June 2010

2009  Sidney Fine Art Show. juried art exhibition in October 2009

2008  Anatomy of Greys at the SLIDE ROOM GALLERY in Victoria, October 2008

2007  Inter Alia – Installation Project at THE SLIDE ROOM GALLERY in Victoria

2020   One month residence, at ‘ACE, Fundacion para el arte contemporaneo, Buenos Aires, Argentina, February 2020 

 

2016     Ira’s Camp Moschendorf painting was shortlisted for the British John Moores Painting prize and was  exhibited at Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery during the Liverpool Biennale 2016

 

2015    Together with 19 further graduates, Ira’s work was chosen for the Graduate Art Prize 2015 in London, out of several hundred graduates from 30 UK universities

 

2015     1st place at the ‘Abstract exhibition’ with my painting Alexanderplatz VIII by the Federation of Canadian Artists in Vancouver in April 2014.

 

2015    3 months residency in Berlin at Takt Artist Residency Programme,  January 5th to March 31st, 2016

 

2014    $ 6.000 scholarship from the BC Arts Council for my BFA studies in England

 

2012    Juror’s award at the Sooke Fine Art Show

 

2012    $ 1,000 First Prize Opus Award at the PAINTING ON THE EDGE,
Juried, International Art Show in Vancouver

 

2011    Honourable Mention – Sidney Fine Art Show, juried Art exhibition, Sidney BC

 

2011    Honourable Mention – Look Show 2011, Community Arts Council, Victoria BC

 

2009   Honourable Mention – Look Show 2009, Community Arts Council, Victoria BC

2021

 

“Salto mortale” by Sean McIntyre, Boulevard

 

“Ira Hoffecker: Transitions” by Christine Clark, Preview 

https://preview-art.com/preview/ira-hoffeckertransitions/

 

“Critic’s Picks: The Small Rain, Nature Sketch and Ira Hoffecker’s Transitions” by Mike Devlin, The Times Colonist

https://www.timescolonist.com/entertainment/go/critic-s-picks-the-small-rain-nature-sketch-and-ira-hoffecker-s-transitions-1.24312926

 

“Ira Hoffecker: Transitions”, Galleries West

https://www.gallerieswest.ca/events/transitions-0/?occ_dtstart=2021-05-01t00:00 

 

“Artist Statement: Transitions” Focus on Victoria

​​https://www.focusonvictoria.ca/palette/artist-statement-transitions-r182/

 

“Ira Hoffecker Presents Transitions” by Kate Cino, Art Openings

​​http://www.artopenings.ca/ira-hoffecker-21.html

 

“Where Do You Find Inspiration?” by Wendy Welch, Vancouver Island School of Art Newsletter

https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Where-do-you-find-inspiration-.html?soid=1103577314272&aid=nhNht9Ls1A4

 

“Ira Hoffecker at Fortune Gallery” by ExhibitVic

​​​​​​https://youtu.be/BHXLR–osl

 

2019

“Facing the Nightmare” by Agnieszka Matejko, Galleries West

https://www.gallerieswest.ca/magazine/stories/facing-the-nightmare/

 

“Artpic: Ira Hoffecker’s Sometimes the child is silenced… at The Front Gallery” by Fish Griwkowsky, Edmonton Journal

https://edmontonjournal.com/entertainment/books/artpic-ira-hoffeckers-sometimes-the-child-is-silenced-at-the-front-gallery

 

“Colour Bursts Forth in Conjunction” by Olga Livshin, The Jewish Independent

​​http://www.jewishindependent.ca/colour-bursts-forth-in-conjuction/

 

2016

“Art to Collect” by Portia Priegert, Galleries West

 

“I try to paint almost every day – Artist Interview, Ira Hoffecker” by National Museums Liverpool

​​https://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/stories/i-try-paint-almost-every-day-artist-interview-ira-hoffecker

 

1 page in the Jewish Independent in June 2016

 

1/2 page in regional newspaper DIE GLOCKE, discussing Ira’s work and announcing the exhibition at Galerie Hoffmann Contemporary Art , March 6th to April 15th, 2016

 

“Exploration of Identity” by Olga Livshin, The Jewish Independent

Exploration of identity

 

“Ira Hoffecker: Berlin Identities” by Dolores Luber, Senior Line

 

2015

½ page in regional newspaper HOFER ANZEIGER, discussing Ira’s work and announcing the exhibition in the public art gallery

 

¼ in the HOFER ANZEIGER, regional daily newspaper in Germany, March 2015 announcing my upcoming solo exhibition in the fall and my first prize win in Vancouver at the ABSTRACT SHOW from the Federation of Canadian Artists

 

2013

“Imagining City Spaces” by Kylie Serebrin, Arabella

 

http://www.vic42.com –  a feature that was published on Vic42 in April 2013. Vic42 is an internet platform that introduces people from Victoria and other cities in BC

 

2012

“Meditations on Urban Context” by Aaren Madden, Focus Online

​​http://focusonline.ca/node/456

 

“Abstract paintings evoke urban Europe” by Robert Amos, The Times Colonist

​​http://www.timescolonist.com/entertainment/abstract-paintings-evoke-urban-europe-1.7829

 

“Ira Hoffecker at The Gallery at Mattick’s Farm” by Exhibit Vic

 

“Ira Hoffecker’s Abstract Mapping” by Ira Hoffecker, Art Avenue

 

1 page Article in monthly BOULEVARD Magazine May 2012

 

2011

Times Colonist, review by Robert Amos, October 15th, 2011

 

“Ira Hoffecker at Dales Gallery” by Exhibit Vic

 

2010

“Island 30”, Chek TV

 

Exhibit TV Victoria in April 2010, at Dales Gallery in Victoria:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiVJaKjSfWc

Biography

Ira was born and raised in Bavaria, Germany. She studied French and Economics at the Muenchener Sprachen- und Dolmetscher Institut in Munich (1981 to 1984 and 1985 to 1986) and worked as a translator in Dreux in France (1984-1985) before she became head of publicity at Warner Bros. Germany.

Before Ira started to study art, she worked as a freelance marketing consultant with her own Hamburg based company for the movie industry. Her company worked for Warner Bros., Walt Disney Company, Columbia Pictures, Constantin Film, Fox, United Artists and for several other production companies in Germany and Los Angeles. From 1987 to 2004 Ira helped to promote more than 520 movies. After her professional film industry career Ira was finally able to turn intensively to what has been her lifelong interest, art. She studied art at the Vancouver Island School of Art and gained her Diploma of Fine Arts in May 2013. From 2012 to 2013 Ira also took Aboriginal BC Art History at Emily Carr University in Vancouver. She went then on to study Fine Art at the University of Victoria and then in 2014 at the University of Gloucestershire where she is gained a First Class B.A. (hons) degree in Fine Art in June 2015.

From beginning of January to the end of March 2016 Ira has been invited to a three months residency to Berlin’s TAKT ARTISTS RESIDENCIES programme. She started her MFA studies in 2016 and holds now a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Plymouth University.

Biography

Ira was born and raised in Bavaria, Germany. She studied French and Economics at the Muenchener Sprachen- und Dolmetscher Institut in Munich (1981 to 1984 and 1985 to 1986) and worked as a translator in Dreux in France (1984-1985) before she became head of publicity at Warner Bros. Germany.

Before Ira started to study art, she worked as a freelance marketing consultant with her own Hamburg based company for the movie industry. Her company worked for Warner Bros., Walt Disney Company, Columbia Pictures, Constantin Film, Fox, United Artists and for several other production companies in Germany and Los Angeles. From 1987 to 2004 Ira helped to promote more than 520 movies. After her professional film industry career Ira was finally able to turn intensively to what has been her lifelong interest, art. She studied art at the Vancouver Island School of Art and gained her Diploma of Fine Arts in May 2013. From 2012 to 2013 Ira also took Aboriginal BC Art History at Emily Carr University in Vancouver. She went then on to study Fine Art at the University of Victoria and then in 2014 at the University of Gloucestershire where she is gained a First Class B.A. (hons) degree in Fine Art in June 2015.

From beginning of January to the end of March 2016 Ira has been invited to a three months residency to Berlin’s TAKT ARTISTS RESIDENCIES programme. She started her MFA studies in 2016 and holds now a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Plymouth University.

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