Andrew Hopkins


Andrew Hopkins

Through the Buildings 2017 acrylic on canvas 31×31cm
$460 or 4 payments of $115

solo exhibition at Robin Gibson Gallery

My body of work in ‘Flashes’ is something like an evolving visual language, which uses emotive colour and the optical energy of paint to fuse the process of painting with how it relates to itself, and also my sense of ‘being’ within landscapes while travelling. In these works, I explore both real and imaginary experiences “ a psychological play.

My compositions often start with bursts of colour and paint, building into slow and considered, that at times relate to place. Forms develop and evolve within the layering of paint, through a process of revisions, reprisals, and counterattacks. I use the line of the horizon in all my paintings as a ‘stage’ for the paint – to mirror the rhythm of clouds, set against a collage of a memory of the urban landscape.

The title ‘Flashes’ highlights a critical stage in the making of these paintings that builds with the painting and then triggers the action of the final flurry of mark-making. What triggers this is perhaps the element of risk, or the anticipation of chance, the final flashes of colour are residual mark after the gradual layering of colours and the frenzied action of painting.

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