About the artist


Patricia Hoffie is a Queensland based artist who exhibits nationally and internationally. Trained as a painter, her practice includes a range of media including installation, assemblage and sculpture. Since her first solo exhibition in Brisbane in 1974, she has exhibited extensively; for several decades her work has focused on the changing nature of work, especially in relation to shifts in understanding about what might constitute a ‘work of art’ or an ‘artwork’. She has used the theme Fully Exploited Labour to collate several decades of practice that examine aspects of the processes whereby greater and lesser values are ascribed to particular areas of cultural production.

Hoffie has engaged in residencies across the Asia-Pacific region and in Europe, and has worked collaboratively with artist communities including, and especially, those in the Philippines. She has also worked on projects and exhibitions that include Australia’s changing role in the Asia-Pacific region; on Art and Human Rights projects; on our changing relationships with land and place; and on the effects of globalization on local cultural production through exhibitions, projects and publications both in Australia and overseas.

During the  many decades she has been recognised as an artist, she has also worked as an academic and writer; a regular contributor to national arts journals and to contemporary art debate and development, and has held positions on a number of leading national boards and committees including the Australia Council for the Arts, Asialink, the National Association of the Visual Arts, Viscopy, the Institute of Modern Art, the Australian Flying Arts School and the Queensland Artworkers Alliance.

Hoffie left her position at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University in 2016 to concentrate full-time on her own art practice. The University awarded her the title of Professor Emeritus in recognition of her long dedication to research, education and mentorship .


Solo Exhibitions

2017 my faith don’t mean a thing FireWorks Gallery Brisbane

2016 Service Industry FireWorks Gallery Brisbane

2015 Target Practice FireWorks Gallery Brisbane

2014 People do Have the Right to be Bigots, You Know, Canberra Contemporary Art Space

2013   you gotta love it, Artspace, Sydney

2013   Harden Up Princess, The Young, Wellington, New Zealand

2012   Stained Horizons, Slot Gallery, Sydney

2012   Disastabah, Woodford Folk Festival

2011   Kanak Labour, Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane

2011   War Ears, Swell Sculpture Festival, Currumbin

2010   Windwells: Channelling and Divining,  State Library of Queensland

2010   BABELproJEKT, The Three Towers, Woodford Folk Festival 2010/11

2009  fugue for drowned memories,  Woodford Folk Festival, Australia.

2009 Harvester for Dreams of Wildness #1, Fukuoka, Japan

2009 Troop Drill, Fort Lytton, Brisbane, Australia

2008 The Pacific Solution, Te Tuhi Art Centre, Auckland, New Zealand.

2008 Carnivale Extremis, Woodford Folk Festival, Australia.

2008 Carnivale Illuminata, Woodford Folk Festival, Australia

2008  Madame Illuminata Crack’s Phantasmagorical Invention for an Ecologically Sustainable Future, University Art Museum, (UAM), University of Queensland, Australia.

2006 Fully Exploited Labour, Survey Exhibition, University of Queensland Art Museum.

2005 Maribyrnong: No Place to Weep, Interesting Times, MCA, Sydney.

2004 drift, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.

2004 Soft Modernism, Esa Jaske Gallery, Sydney.

2003 Hero, Esa Jaske Gallery, Sydney

2003 Material Witness, Tamworth Regional gallery, National Touring Exhibition.

2002 Ideology and Artefact: The Faltering of Dreams, Museum of South Australia, Adelaide Festival, (2 locations).

2002 Inadequate Language, Brisbane Powerhouse.

2000 Masks and Monyments, Fukuoka Art Museums City Projects, Fukuoka, Japan.

1999 Madame Illuminata Crack’s Pictorial Guide to the Universe, Hanoi Institute of the Arts, Vietnam.

1998 Pigface: The forgotten spaces of my memory, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.

1997 a time for healing, Kong Ju Museum, Korea

1996 Teeming, Rochedale Gallery, UK

1996 Margin for Errors, Ten Year Survey Show, City Gallery, Brisbane

1996 Clean, White Man’s Burden, Manchester, UK

1996 Fully Exploited Labour, Queensland Art Gallery

1995 The Australian Game, Coventry,  Sydney.

1994 Hero Walk (5 part installation), in Adelaide Installation, as part of the 1994 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art

1994 Kunde, in Crossovers, LuancestonTasmania

1993 Whitewash, Magazine Space, Brisbane

1993 Halo Halo, Baguio Arts Centre, Baguio, Philippines

1993 Gimme Fiction, The Australia Centre, Manila, Philippines

1993 Cocons Taches, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne

1993 Talismanes Penguin Gallery, Manila, Philippines

1992 A Gigantic Weariness, Coventry Gallery, Sydney

1990 Veneer, Coventry Gallery, Sydney

1990 Home & Away, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

1989 Coventry Gallery, Sydney

1989 Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide

1988 Homage to the Unknown Woman #2, Roz MacAllan Gallery, Brisbane

1988 Pat Hoffie Residency Exhibition, Queensland Art Gallery

1987 Solo Exhibition, Roz MacAllan Gallery, Brisbane

1986 Homage to the Unknown Woman#1, Long Gallery, University of Wollongong

1983 The World According to Some of Us, Galerie Baguette, Brisbane

1980 Pat Hoffie, Solo exhibition, College of Advanced Education Gallery, Kelvin Grove Campus

1977 Pat Hoffie, Solo exhibition, Design Arts Centre, Brisbane

1976 Pat Hoffie, Solo exhibition, Design Arts Centre, Brisbane

1975 Pat Hoffie, Solo exhibition, College of Advanced Education Gallery, Kelvin Grove Campus

1974 Pat Hoffie, Solo exhibition, Cellars Gallery, Brisbane


Group Exhibitions

2012   Brother Beast #2 & #3, in Animal/Human, UAM, Brisbane

2012   Fully Exploited Labor, in Social Networking, GOMA, Brisbane

2011   Brother Beast, in Australia Felix, Crane Arts Centre, Philadelphia

2011   Animals, People, A Shared Environment, in Pop Gallery, Brisbane

2010   tendernesses in Other Misconceptions, at Level, Brisbane

2010   endgame – The End of the Mohicans, in The Oyster’s Locale, Launceston, Tasmania

2010   anting-anting The Horse Rider in Santi Bose: Remixed, Revisited, Remembered in Yuchengko Museum, Makati, Philippines

2009 365 Days of Labour, Gympie Regional Art Gallery, Queensland.

2008 Under My Skin, touring Vietnam, Taiwan

2008 Under My Skin, Ateneo University Art Gallery, Manila, Philippines

2007 Art and Human Rights, the Limits of Tolerance, Australian National University, Canberra

2007 The Diamantina Project, HMAS Diamantina, Brisbane

2006 Inter Image Three, Tokyo Gedai National University of Fine Art and Music, Tokyo, Japan

2005 Enigmatic, Shandong College of Arts, Shandong, China

2002   queue, Canberra Contemporary Art Space

2002    material witness, 15th Tamworth Fibre Textile Biennia , Tamworth, and traveling to 7 galleries in 7 states.

2001    Transit Narratives, Venice, Italy

2000 Topographies, Fire-works Galleries, Brisbane

2001 The Sports Exhibition, Ipswich Regional Art Gallery

2001 QUT Alumni Exhibition, QUT Gallery, Brisbane

2000 Topographies, Fire-works Galleries, Brisbane

1999  Wish You Were Here, Smith & Stoneley, Brisbane

1999  9 Dragon Heads, Kong Ju, Korea

1997 The Book Exhibition, Luz Gallery, Manila

1997 A Tentative Horticulture, Chongju, Korea

1997 XX, Metro Arts, Brisbane

1997 Good Grief, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

1995  Mistranslated Mythologies, Kong Ju, Korea

1995 technotheologia, Monash University Gallery, Melbourne.

1995 Out of the Void: Mad&Bad Women, Queensland Art Gallery

1995 Chameleon, 20 years

1994   ‘Lorena Says: Don’t Get Mad, Get Even’, in Knowing the Sensorium, Institute of Modern Art.

1994  Hanoi/Brisbane Exchange Project, Hanoi

1994 20 Years, Coventry Galleries

1993 Working from the Wounds, Baguio Arts Festival, Baguio, Philippines

1993  Postcards from Manila, in Off the Wall Exhibition, Gold Coast Gallery

1993 Political Bedrooms, Fireworks Gallery

1993 Alice Painting Prize, Alice Springs

1992 Transgenerational, Queensland Art Gallery

1992 Horizon, Gallery Constantinople

1991 The Intimate Experience, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney

1991 Pure Filth, Space Plenitude, Brisbane

1991   Instant Imaging, Queensland Art Gallery

1991  Vessel, in Frames of Reference, Artspace Dissonance Project, Australian Feminism Retrospective at Pier 3/4, Sydney

1991 Dihedron exhibition, Space Plenitude, Brisbane

1991 Against Pure War, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

1990 Vache (for AIDS) Site, Brisbane

1990 Shifting Parameters, Queensland Art Gallery

1990 Out of Asia, Heide Park Gallery, Melbourne, Nolan Gallery, Lanyon Homestead, Canberra

1990 King of the Mountain, Queensland Arts Council Gallery, and touring Queensland

1990 Expressions in Print Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, and touring Queensland

1990 Black & White Show, Coventry Gallery, Sydney

1989 Intimate Drawing, Coventry Gallery, Sydney

1989 Eastern Ways, Western Means, Queensland Art Gallery

1989 Australian Perspecta, National Survey Exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

1989 Art Exciting, Museum of Saitama, Japan

1988 Works on Paper Roz MacAllan Gallery, Brisbane

1987 Seven Queensland Artists of Distinction Noosa Regional Gallery, Queensland College of Art    Gallery

1986  Australian Painters of the Seventies, Queensland Art Gallery

1985 Queensland Works 1950-1985 A Survey of 80 Artists, University of Queensland

1984 Queensland Artists – Painting and Drawing, Noosa Regional Gallery

1984 Lillian Pederson Drawing Exhibition, Queensland Art Gallery

1983 Queensland Women Artists, Noosa Regional Gallery, and Rockhampton.

1982 Works On Paper, Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education.

1982  Independent Artists, MIM Building, Melbourne

1980 Lillian Pederson Drawing Exhibition, Queensland Art Gallery

1981 L.J. Harvey Exhibition, Queensland Art Gallery

1979 L.J. Harvey Exhibition, Queensland Art Gallery