Local artist to study in Venice

By Geoff Lee

May 26, 2016 12:00 AM

This painting titled, Olivia Blue is one of 10 in an Olivia series that Lloydminster artist Brandi Hofer is exhibiting at The Rouge Gallery in Saskatoon in June.

Well known Lloydminster expressionist artist Brandi Hofer may have to turn to landscapes.
Hofer’s been accepted to a prestigious painting course in scenic Venice Italy in July.
The course will take place at the Venice Sommerakademie under the tutelage of Regina-born artist Andrew Salgado who Hofer calls her “biggest hero of all time.”
“I cannot wait to bask in this once in a lifetime opportunity,” she said.
Salgado is considered one of the world’s most promising figurative painters whose work is exhibited at BEERS London in England where he currently lives.
“I’m going to work with him for a week and I am really excited —I have a ton of questions,” said Hofer.
“If anyone can lead by example and teach me something, hopefully it would be him.”
Hofer was chosen for the rare opportunity through a competitive application process open to artists from around the world.
“I didn’t expect to be accepted; I am a bit afraid now,” she said.
“I have a one and a half year old and it will be the first time I will be leaving him.”
Hofer said to make it as artist, you can’t just sit around.
She said you have to be proactive and make good things come your way.
“I’m blown away that I was accepted, that’s really cool,” she said.
Hofer also took the bull by the horns and got the okay from Wanda Underhill, the owner of The Rouge Gallery in Saskatoon for a solo exhibit of her Olivia series portraitures.
“It’s a series that I have been working away slowly on for about a year,” said Hofer.
The series of 10 artworks is named after her inspirational subject, Olivia Jordan, an instructor at the Oasis Hot Yoga studio in Lloydminster.
“She fit into the portrait of a woman theme that I was looking for,” said Hofer.
Five of the 10 pieces in the collection are 60-by 60-in oil and mixed media paintings that Hofer explained captures the calm, energetic personality of Jordan befitting of a yoga instructor.
“She loved it, she’s just a really accepting and really relaxed and open,” said Hofer.
“That’s who she is—it definitely shines through a lot of the pieces.”
Most of Hofer’s work is portraitures of women reasoning they are self portraits as well as portraits of the individual.
“Being a bit of an expressionist myself comes through the work as well as representing the individual in the piece,” she said.
“Obviously, I identify more with females.”
The solo show runs for the month of June with the formal opening of her exhibit on June 9 from 5 -7 p.m.
Hofer said the show is good for Saskatoon because that’s when the jazz fest is on as well, so they have a ,lot of traffic in the downtown area at that time.
Hofer’s art is becoming well known with her original works that are considered an investment for collectors.
“You invest in an emerging artist and hope that they go further in their career.—I plan to do that,” said Hofer.
She said her earlier art work has increased in price fourfold or more for those who bought pieces.
“So it is a really great investment,” she said.
Aside from her 10 Olivia series paintings, Hofer will have limited edition signed prints and press prints, shirts and canvas prints for sale for those who can’t afford an original.
In Lloydminster, her work and some prints are for sale at The Collective Art Market downtown.
She will also be selling the same range of products at the Art Without Borders Festival June 11-15.
“We have a lot of art venues now; it’s really great,” said Hofer who works at Vic Juba Community Theatre in promotions and operations.

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