irma soltonovich - visual artist

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artist statement

to me, the act of painting encompasses all of who i am. using the simplest of line and shape, the subtlest shift of color, my goal is to evoke an emotion, a feeling, a memory… initially, for me in the doing, and then again and again for the viewer. i paint what i need to paint and am delighted when someone connects to it and it changes their landscape. landscapes and seascapes continue to inspire my art making…the horizon line of both offer me comfort and grounding as well as a sense of belonging. i continue to see the landscape as the root to the emotion. i paint not only what i see before me, but also what i see within me – a landscape of the imagination.

bio

irma grew up on a saskatchewan farm where the prairie is never just background – nature dominates. blizzards, lightning storms, and the overarching sky instilled in her a feeling of freedom, limitless space, and room to explore. her predominant memory is a feeling of independence and the sky’s overwhelming presence.

although she has degrees in art and art education, she did not return to painting until 2002, and had a solo show within a year. since april 2013 she has made her living as a full time artist. irma is available for demos and workshops on abstract landscape painting.

she continues to have an avid interest in contemporary dance, and serves on the board of suddenly dance theatre. in 2005 she received the peter gzowski literacy award. irma is well-known across bc for her advocacy in the fasd field and her development / delivery of programs in the criminal justice system.

rent and lease available. commissions welcome

solo exhibitions

2015                    august feature artist, gallery at matticks farm, saanich bc

2014                    full circle studio, vancouver bc

2014                    august artist in residence, hotel grand pacific, victoria bc

2014                    august feature artist, gallery at matticks farm, saanich bc

2013                    random house, victoria bc

2012                    random house, victoria bc

2012                    painting used on cd cover for “yes please” ~the bills, victoria bc

2012                    august feature artist, gallery at matticks farm, saanich bc

2012                    dales gallery, victoria bc

2010                    dales gallery, victoria bc

2009                    p.s. gallery at place, 3690 shelbourne st, saanich bc

2008                    urbanart, victoria bc

2007                    gallery on herald, victoria bc

2006                    massey gallery, art gallery of greater victoria

2003                    skanda, victoria bc

2003                    the galleries at 339 railway st, vancouver bc

group exhibitions

2015                    cohorts- group show, slide gallery, visa, victoria bc

2004-on-going     massey gallery, art gallery of greater victoria, victoria bc

2004-anually        moss street paint-in, aggv, victoria bc

2012- 2015          red gallery, oak bay bc

2014                    eclectic gallery, oak bay bc 2013 difference & repetition, slide room gallery, victoria bc

2012                    dales gallery, victoria bc

2012                    eclectic gallery, oak bay bc 2013 difference & repetition, slide room gallery, victoria bc

2011                    phillips brewing company, victoria bc 2008-2011 grey area gallery, chilliwack bc

2008-2009           p.s. gallery at place, saanich bc

2005-on-going     art rental / sales, art gallery of greater victoria, victoria bc

2005- 2009          look community arts council of greater victoria, victoria bc

2004-2005           on canvas gallery, victoria bc

2003                    east side cultural crawl, vancouver bc

gallery owner

2008                    urbanart, victoria bc

2007                    gallery on herald, victoria bc

curatorial

2015                    co-curator, selfie, martin batchelor gallery victoria bc

2014                    co-curator of co-mix art, martin batchelor gallery victoria bc

2012                    curator of 5 artists, dales gallery, victoria bc

represented by

2010 - pres          the gallery at mattick’s farm, saanich bc

2008 - pres          random house, victoria bc

2004 - pres          art gallery of greater victoria

education

b.ed., university of saskatchewan; mfa, central washington state college, wa usa

12 credits towards doctorate in art education, university of oregon, or usa

collections

represented in both private and public collections in canada, usa, australia, belgium, brazil, and argentina.

reviews

“irma soltonovich creates solid, confident abstracts. the colours are lush… the paint is thickly applied. in a statement she says she ‘uses simple lines and shapes and subtle shifts of colour to evoke emotions, feelings and memories.’ there’s an obvious pleasure in the application of paint. her paintings often feature a discreet hint of a horizon line that suggests interior landscapes.”
         philip willey, review, 2014

 

“for soltonovich, the boundary between one element and another seems to define both her artistic aesthetic and her outlook on life. growing up as a farm-girl on the prairies (saskatchewan), she was drawn to the west coast because of the way the ocean’s horizon mimics the wide prairie skies, and she was attracted to living on the edge of sea and land. edges are also part of soltonovich’s professional life. working with at risk youth and adult men in maximum security settings she sees edges, and edginess every day. edges it seems both personal and physical are channeled into her painting. in most paintings there’s definitely a horizon line, a strong sense of where one section ends and another begins. and yet, there’s also a sense that the meaning is a bit hidden. a bit disturbing. a bit on edge.”
         alisa gordaneer, article, 2010

art stuff you may want to know

sleepovers

a piece of art in a show or at a studio can sometimes be difficult to envision in your own home or office.
my solution is a " sleepover".

this provides the chance to view the painting in your space, in the artificial light of night as well as early morning and mid day light. there is no obligation to purchase. the work can be delivered & stay for a day or two. if not suitable i will collect it at a convenient time.

commissioning

commissions are to create paintings that meet the specific requirements of the buyer. the prices charged to not incur a surcharge and are priced at what i would charge in a general exhibition.

payment plans

a payment plan is available and is usually set up over 3-6 months. there is no interest charge.

studio visits

call ahead and set up a time to visit my home studio. a studio visit is an opportunity to look at works in a private, quiet setting and allows time to chat.

 

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