Artist Profile

I walk, I run………..I’m adrift. Then I come back, come back home. This is my land, my rivers, my mountains, my skies. I can breathe here, I’m home.’

Of late my work has become more landscape based and surprisingly I have come back to explore concepts that I was looking at when I first started painting. I use sketches, titles, words, memories and photos as reference points for beginnings, but mostly I just immerse myself in the landscape. I draw on the emotional response that I want to resonate in the paintings, working rapidly on many different sized canvases at the same time. It’s the process of painting that I love, time slides past. I take off paint, re- apply, step back, look, paint more........and this process continues, I never tire of it. My approach to painting has a formal element as well. I look at paintings in terms of colour, form and composition and consistently question that these aspects are working within the painting.

My paintings are structured around themes of; emotional points of departure, family and dreams. There are many overlapping connections to these aspects within my work and I use landscape, colours and titles to portray these concepts. Sometimes the subject matter is just landscape and although it can be recognised as landscape, it has an abstract quality to it. 

Amy Hoedemakers graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology and has exhibited in solo and group shows within New Zealand and Ireland. Her work is held in private and public collections within New Zealand, Ireland, England and Australia. Her painting 'Waiting' was featured on the month of March in 'Craigs Investment Partners Calendar, 2015' for emerging and emerged artists. Based in Oxford, where she currently works from her home studio, working towards a new body of work. There is a strong sense of poignancy and beauty to her paintings, her work has many layers to it and is more appreciated with close-up viewing.

Up-Coming Exhibitions

  • 'Signature Dish', group show Little River Gallery: Little River New Zealand: Opening 25th November - 18th December 2017
  • 'A Round Christmas', group show Gallery De Novo: Dunedin New Zealand: Opening 2nd December 2017

Exhibitions and Commissions 

  • 'Christmas Show', group show Parnell Gallery: Auckland New Zealand: 2017
  • 'Cleveland National Art Awards', group show: Dunedin New Zealand: 2017
  • 'Aspiring Art Prize', group show: Wanaka New Zealand: 2017
  • 'A Round Christmas', group show Gallery De Novo: Dunedin New Zealand: 2016
  • Carter, private commission: Waikuku, New Zealand: 2016
  • Art Box, Group show: Christchurch New Zealand: 2015 & 2016
  • 'Just a Little Something', group show, Oxford Street Art: Lyttelton New Zealand: 2016
  • 'Art in a Garden', Flaxmere, Group show: New Zealand: 2016 
  • Group show, Art Week: Darfield, New Zealand: 2016
  • Art Exhibition & Sculpture Garden at St Margaret's College: Christchurch, New Zealand: 2016
  • Edinburgh Realty Art Awards, Group show: Dunedin, New Zealand: 2016
  • Magma Gallery, The Tannery, Group show: Christchurch New Zealand: 2015 & 2016
  • Moore, private commission: Oxford, New Zealand: 2016
  • 'Landscapes', Group Show, Oxford Street Art: Lyttelton, New Zealand: 2016
  • Ireland, private commission: Christchurch, New Zealand: 2016
  • 'In Miniature', Group show, Tin Palace: Lyttelton, New Zealand: 2015
  • 'Art in a Garden',Flaxmere, Group show: New Zealand: 2015 
  • Group show, Art Week: Darfield, New Zealand: 2015
  • 'Homeland' Group Show: Amy Hoedemakers and Rebecca Smallridge , Chamber Gallery, Rangiora, New Zealand: September 2015
  • Beesley, private commission: Auckland, New Zealand: 2014
  • Group show, Art Week: Darfield, New Zealand: 2014
  • Group show, Present, Tin Palace: Lyttelton, New Zealand: 2013
  • King-Turner, private commission: Nelson, New Zealand: 2013
  • Bates, private commission: Nelson, New Zealand: 2011
  • Thompson, private commission: Christchurch,New Zealand: 2009
  • Group Show, AE Protege Gallery: Oxford, New Zealand: 2008
  • O'Reilly/Ellis, private commission: London, England: 2007
  • Thompson, private commission: Galway, Ireland: 2007
  • Mckiernan, private commission: Cootehill, Ireland: 2007
  • Engage Studios, group Show: Arthouse Gallery, Tuam, Co. Galway, Ireland: 2007
  • 'Cease to See', solo show: Studio Works Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand: 2006
  • 'Between the Lights', solo show: Café Society & Gallery, Co.Sligo, Ireland: 2005
  • 'Solstice' solo show: Farnham Hotel Gallery, Cavan, Ireland: 2005
  • 'Doonbeg', solo show: Cephalo, Sligo, Ireland: 2005
  • Keenaghan, private commission: Sligo, Ireland: 2004
  • 'The Calling', solo show: William Allingham House, Ballyshannon, Ireland: 2004
  • Group Show: Fiddlestone Arts Festival, Belleek, Co. Fermanagh, Ireland: 2004
  • Group Show: Yeats Gallery, Co. Sligo, Ireland: 2004
  • Group Show: Amanda Brooking, Amy Hoedemakers, Alannah Brown: Studio Works Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand: 2003
  • Merge, group show: Morrison Street Café and Gallery, Nelson, New Zealand: 2003
  • Emerge, group show: The Suter, Te Aratoi O Whakatu, Nelson, New Zealand: 2002
  • '2/3 π', group show: Fish Bowl Gallery, Nelson New Zealand: 2001
  • '½ a º', group show: Fish Bowl Gallery, Nelson, New Zealand: 2001
  • 'Walk/Work Performance', group show: Fish Bowl Gallery, Nelson, New Zealand: 2001
  • 'Separate Realities', group show: Fish Bowl Gallery, Nelson, New Zealand: 2001
  • 'Quotation', group show: Fish Bowl Gallery, Nelson, New Zealand: 2000

 Galleries

  • Artbox Gallery, Christchurch
  • Gallery De Novo, Dunedin
  • Little River Gallery, Christchurch
  • Parnell Gallery, Parnell, Auckland

 Publications

  • Craigs Investmentment Partners 2015 Calendar
  • Nelson Regional Guide Book, 2002

Collections

  • Spunout, Galway, Ireland, 2006
  • Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, Permanent Collection  Nelson, New Zealand, 2001

Education

  • Post Graduate Degree in Teaching and Learning (primary), Christchurch College of Education, Christchurch, Nelson, New Zealand 
  • Bachelor of Visual Arts, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, Nelson, New Zealand