New works by Andrea Hooge
April 16 – May 2, 2015
Menno Kitty features a new and colourful group of oil paintings by Andrea Hooge created to convey a childlike air of playfulness and humour. Drawing from her childhood interpretations and understandings of the world around her, she includes images of kittens, dolls, and babies mixed in with an array of objects that act as personal symbols. These symbols hold deeper personal meaning and are ones she has gathered through her life to reflect some of these childhood understandings. See photos from the show on Flickr >
Andrea Hooge is an artist living and working out of her home studio in East Vancouver. She earned her BA from the University of the Fraser Valley, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Visual Arts. After her schooling, she sought a vocation in social work, but after several years of attempting to balance her work with her desire to create art, she changed direction. Since 2012, Andrea has been able to dedicate herself more fully to her passion for creating art. She has shown her work in various group shows in Vancouver, and has had two solo exhibitions, titled Dolly and Scratch.
Andrea often draws inspiration from the nostalgia of vintage magazines and children’s books. Much of her work has been focused mainly on figurative oil paintings and scratchboards. While many of her painted works are on wood or hardboard panel, she also creates wood and scratchboard cutouts to move away from conventional shapes. These have been made to stand alone or overlap to create larger and more dynamic pieces.