Montreal artist Tom Hopkins was an exemplary painter whose style is instantly recognizable with its rich, surreal backgrounds, highly contrasted areas of light and dark and jewel-like palette. His work was inspired by metaphors, symbols, references to historical art, humour and his personal observations and musings on life. Known for his shorelines, boats, still-lifes, portraits and cityscapes, Hopkins’ subjects are otherworldly and seem to emanate a dreamlike light sourced from within. He was also a highly respected teacher and mentor at McGill and Concordia Universities, shaping the lives and work of many of Canada’s prominent contemporary artists.
Born in Summerside, P.E.I., Hopkins studied at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick and obtained his Master of Fine Arts degree at Concordia University in Montreal. He taught art at Concordia from 1983-1997, inspiring numerous notable Canadian artists. Hopkins died in 2011 at the age of 66.
Signature: Signed, titled and dated 1990 on the reverse
Tom Hopkins: New Paintings, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, 1997, page 4, the artist in conversation with Guido Molinari
Private Collection, California