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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.


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.


“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

rent and lease available. commissions welcome

solo exhibitions

union club, victoria bcplace des arts, coquitlam bcaugust feature artist, gallery at matticks farm, saanich bcaugust artist in residence, parkside hotel, victoria bcfull circle studio, vancouver bcaugust artist in residence, hotel grand pacific, victoria bcrandom house, victoria bcpainting used on cd cover for “yes please” ~the bills, victoria bcdales gallery, victoria bcp.s. gallery at place, 3690 shelbourne st, saanich bcmassey gallery, art gallery of greater victoriaskanda, victoria bcthe galleries at 339 railway st, vancouver bc2017


2012 - on going




2012 - pres








group exhibitions

deer lake gallery, burnaby bccohorts- group show, slide gallery, visa, victoria bcmassey gallery, art gallery of greater victoria, victoria bcmoss street paint-in, aggv, victoria bcred gallery, oak bay bceclectic gallery, oak bay bcdifference & repetition, slide room gallery, victoria bcdales gallery, victoria bcphillips brewing company, victoria bcgrey area gallery, chilliwack bcp.s. gallery at place, saanich bclook community arts council of greater victoria, victoria bcon canvas gallery, victoria bceast side cultural crawl, vancouver bc2016


2004 - on going

2004 - on going

2012- 15





2008 - 11

2008 - 09

2005 - 09

2004 - 05




gallery owner

2008                    urbanart, victoria bc

2007                    gallery on herald, victoria bc


2015, 16, 17        curatorial: co-curator, martin batchelor gallery victoria bc

2012                    curator of 5 artists, dales gallery, victoria bc

represented by

2004 - pres          massey gallery, art gallery of greater victoria

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

2015 - pres          the emporium dragon alley, victoria bc

2015 - pres          saveur fine dining, victoria bc

2008 - pres          random house, victoria bc


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

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


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

art stuff you may want to know


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.


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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