Stephen Hopkins (1934 – )

Stephen Hopkins (1934 - )

Artist: Stephen Hopkins (1934 – ) American Title: “One of a Kind” Medium: Oil on canvas, dated 1978 Measures: 48″ x 37″Approximate canvas size Farhat Art Museum Collection

Artist’s Statement:
My artwork has always been about attempts to express feelings evoked by what I see in the immediate world around me. Every day, I come across some combination of visual elements that causes me to stop and say to myself, ”There’s a picture here!” It may be a group of buildings seen in the magical light of a particular moment in time , or the reflecttions in a cafe window, or a random group of signs, or the complex expanse of a city view. My task after that initial vision is to try to figure out what attracted me in the first place, and to find a way to express my feelings through painting, drawing or printmaking.
Although I am basically a “realist” in that I derive my inspiration from the observable world, I am also an “abstract “ artist because I see my pictures primarily as compositions composed of interlocking shapes, colors and values, rather than as descriptions of specific places or vehicles for literary or political statements. Thus the “subject matter” of a picture may often be considered inconsequential or even ugly to most spectators, while for me it is a marvelous gold mine of visual raw material waiting to be exploited and hopefully, after more hard work than I usully anticipate, turned into a pictorial expression of my feelings.

Born in Boston, MA, 1934
1956 Harvard College, BA in History
1968 University of Cincinnati, MFA
1960-61 Art Student’s League, New York
1961-62 National Academy School, New York
1955,56,61 Jay Connaway Art School, Pawlet, VT
1979 to present Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA (Adjunct Instructor of Art)
1976 – 1988 Mendocino Community College, Ukiah, CA (Adjunct Instructor of Art)
1969 -1976 Miami University, Oxford, OH (Assistant Professor of Art)
1968 -1969 St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY (Assistant Professor of Art)
Solo shows
1996 Mendenhall Gallery, Pasadena CA
1989 Modernism, San Francisco CA
1971 Wright State University, Celina OH
1971 Western College, Oxford OH
1968 St. Lawrence University, Canton NY
Group Shows (Partial list)
2007, 1998,1995 – Santa Rosa Junior College Adjunct Faculty Shows, Santa Rosa, CA
2006 – “Art After the Car” Terry & Eva Herndon Collection, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH
2006 – “The American Landscape: Mountains/ Metropolis” Alameda, CA
1992 – “California Dreamin” Fresno Metropolitan Museum, Fresno, CA
1992 – One Market Plaza, San Francisco, CA
1991 – “The Palm Tree Show” Modernism, San Francisco, CA
1991 – “California Cityscapes” San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA
1983 – Marin County Fair, San Rafael, CA (merit award)
1982 – California State Fair, Sacramento, CA (4th place award)
1978-79 – Security Pacific Bank( traveling show)
1978 – Van Doran Gallery, San Francisco, CA (3 person show)
1975-76 – Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH (sales and rental gallery)
1974-75 – Mid-States Art Exhibition, Evansville Museum, Evansville, IN (juried show and traveling exhibition)
1972 – Cincinnati Invitational Show, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH
1969 – Annual Exhibition, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, NY
1961 – National Academy Annual, National Academy, New York, NY
Work in Corporate and Private Collections (partial list)
Peter Thierot, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco, CA
Standard Oilof Californiassociates, San Francisco, CA
Rosalyn C. Swig Artsource, San Francisco, CA
Cincinnati Bell
Wiltshire Associates,Los Angeles, CA
Sugarman Associates, San Francisco, CA
IBM Corporation, San Jose, CA
Alan Rothenberg, Huret Rothenberg and Co. San Francisco, CA
Exchange Bank, Santa Rosa, CA
Kate Kelly, KPIX TV, San Francisco, CA
Canned Foods Inc (Grocery Outlet), Berkeley, CA
Richard Baker, Los Angeles, CA
Roger Donaldson, Los Angeles, CA
Robert Solomon, New York, NY
Georges & Dominique Hoefflin-Oliva, Geneva, Switzerland
Skolnick, Arnold and Fort, Ilene Susan, Paintings of California, Clarkson Potter, New York, NY, 1993
Stofflet, Mary and Clapp, James, California Cityscapes, Universe, New York, NY, 1991
Reed, Victoria, “A Promise Unfulfilled,” Artweek Vol 22, Aug 29,1991
Christensen, Judith ”California Cityscapes, “ Art of California ,Sept 1991
Jamusch, Ann, “Art Shows The Way We Were…. and Are,” San Diego Tribune, May 31,1991
D’Ambrosio, Nancy, “Bay Area Artists,” Horizon Vol 31, March, 1988

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