ROSSOCINABRO | biography | Gary Hopkins
Contemporary Art in Rome
      

Gary Hopkins

Artist Statement

I was born in the deserts of Arizona in 1948, but moved with my family to Oregon (United States) very soon thereafter, where I have lived most of my adult life. I received my Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University in 1970, then served as a volunteer in the Peace Corps. Upon returning from the Peace Corps I returned to university where I received a degree in computer programming and then spent nearly 40 years as a computer programmer where I worked for various governmental, and corporate businesses. This allowed me to pursue my artistic interests without the necessity of trying to make a living as an artist. After painting for over 50 years, and at the insistence of family and friends I decided share my work with the world by joining a variety of artistic forums, creating my own website, posting on Instagram ( @gxhpainter) and entering calls for National and International exhibitions and art festivals that accepted digital paintings as a genre.

 

As a self-educated artist I have painted since early childhood using traditional media, primarily watercolors but also worked in Oils, Acrylics, Egg Tempera and Gouache before switching to digital painting about 15 years ago. I love reading and have studied a wide variety of artist’s works with my favorites being Wassily Kandinsky, Juan Miro, Richard Diebenkorn, Stuart Davis, David Hockney and Milton Avery. I have tried to build upon what I have learned from studies of these masters and expand that knowledge into my own language of painting and color, emphasizing both the science and poetry of creative expression. Jazz and Classical music have always provided a guiding spirit to my work, as I use color to excite the eye and move the spirit of those who see my work. I love to share the mystery of image making and the relation of form and colors that emerge from the unknown into being via the hand of the artist. Based on my experiences using traditional media, my digital paintings are built on use of complex textures, and painterly edges that follow traditional rules of composition, color theory, and tonal balance. I love the bright flat colors of digital prints and use digital techniques to imply a depth of field not based on perspective but contrast and color balance.

 

Artwork Techniques and Presentation Technically I primarily use two software programs to create my digital paintings, Photoshop and ArtRage. I use a pressure sensitive Wacom tablet with these programs and draw from a large collection of digital “brushes” to emulate the effect of chalk, ink, oils, gouache and watercolors. My works are in private collections in Australia, Germany, France, Italy, Portugal and the US, but I have really just begun to “emerge” into the professional art world.

 

Juried shows and exhibitions

Featured Artist by ARTRAGE

2016 "Shades of Green" Gallery 25N Exhibit Online New York Online Exhibit – Open 07/07/ 2017. GALLERY 25N INTRODUCES A SYMBOLIC ENCOUNTER OF SHADES OF GREEN FROM TWENTY INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS.

"35th Annual Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts" - September 2017

"CCAN2017" Center for Contemporary Arts National Juried Competition - November 2017

"ARTAVITA 25th Annual Online Contest" for Art Expo New York - November 2017

Art Festival 2018 – Porto Portugal

Artists In the World (online gallery based in Rome)

Colorida Galeria de Arte - Lisbon Portugal ( show May 8th – 18th 2018)

Taos Art Insurgency – The New Protagonists at Greg Moon Art Gallery Taos New Mexico A National Juried show – July 2018

Brand 46th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Works on Paper September 2018– juried by Edward Goldman a Los Angeles based art critic.

 

 

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Hideaway Beneath the Sea

Fuji Crystal DP II, glossy -Alu-Dibond 3 mm -ArtBox wood frame, brown alder -3 cm white border -Acrylic glass 2 mm matte -Original Photo Print under Matte Acrylic, 2 mm - 81 x 66 cm

 

Available works

 

 

 

 

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