< Ira Hoffecker




I am a German-Canadian visual artist. Victoria, Canada is where I maintain my art practice and started my art studies in 2005. In the meantime I have achieved a Diploma of Fine Arts, BFA and MFA.

A few years ago I started to paint flowers and plants in oil paint and brought organic shapes into my compositions of geometric structures and architectural elements. Some of these paintings extended beyond individual plant studies and became landscapes. The shapes and colours of flowers and plants bring me a sense of joy and wholeness



A few years ago, during isolation, I started to paint organic shapes which I encountered during my walks and added those to my compositions with geometric structures. Some of these paintings extended beyond individual plant studies and became abstracted landscapes. Working
with oil paints and painting organic material introduced themes and processes into my work, which are constantly evolving and unfolding.

I have started to name some of my paintings after books that I am reading and music pieces that I listen to while I create. During the last years I also had the privilege of being exposed to live jazz music and opera performances during our residency times in New York. I incorporate the passionate foundations of jazz rhythmic extemporization and operatic
complexities through the fervent rendering of lively abstract and organic shapes.

I start the underpainting with an abstract composition and use color and organic shapes to translate the many different impulses I experience in the big city. During my years of studying art, I have done a lot of research in regards to color theory and I take pleasure in applying what I have learned from the color masters and theorists like Itten, Albers, Goethe and others.

The different identities cities take on over time inform my abstract urban paintings which you can find in the Structures/Architecture Gallery. I am interested in the ways that urban geography is reshaped by history. My work portrays cycles of revision and restoration in the man-made landscape by replicating the geometric shapes of maps, architectural drawings and photographs.