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Gage Gallery Board Member
Gage Gallery Board Member Ira Hoffecker is a German-Canadian artist. Relocating from Germany to Canada in 2004, now a Canadian citizen, she resides and maintains her full time 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.
Ira has exhibited in solo, duo and group exhibitions in England, Canada and Germany. 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.
Ira’s film Meanwhile in La La Land was chosen for the Official Selection at the Manchester Film Festival 2018 and was nominated for Best Documentary at the Back in the Box Film Festival in Los Angeles in 2017. Her video History as Personal Memory was chosen for the Official Selection in reserve for the German United Film Festival in Berlin in 2018.
My paintings are informed by the different identities cities take on over a period of time. The work has loose compositional associations to urban places through time. I am interested in how different societies transform and change city spaces over the course of the centuries. My work examines the relationships between people and cities by responding to constant change, reconstruction and restoration in the urban landscape. Places are overlaid with multiple histories, layers of paint cover and obscure but each coat is also informed by the previous layer. Geometric shapes inherent in architecture and maps from different times in history provide the basis of my compositional language.