We are very pleased indeed to announce that Clyde Hopkins’ painting, Kent to Yorkshire (via the DT), 1983-4, is now in the collection of Tate (T15478).
There have been recent exhibitions of Clyde’s work at Linden Hall Studios and Clifford Chance, and, in April 2019, Paintings by Clyde Hopkins: A Path Through Dark and Light, was held at APT, curated by David Sweet and Marilyn Hallam. The exhibition’s success owed much to the advice and precision of Alister Warman.
We were saddened by news of Alister’s death in May 2020: he was a distinguished curator and teacher as well as a long-time supporter of Clyde’s work.
Clyde Hopkins: Abstraction as experience
Clyde’s work has been celebrated in exhibitions and essays in the two years since his death. Most recently Joan Key has published a new essay, Clyde Hopkins: Abstraction as experience, in the latest edition of The Journal of Contemporary Painting, volume 5, number 2.
‘Hopkins’ painterly abstraction reflects on a universe of disordering contingencies in everyday experience, questioning how painting can refer to such qualities of experience without engaging in representation. The immediate act of placing paint on the canvas extends to metaphorical concerns with process: how to maintain that sensation of immediacy if repetitions occur within a sequence of gestural responses. Hopkins’ work adopts different approaches at different stages; degrees of immediacy remain a consideration while attachment to a variety of motifs develops. Paintings remain continuously open to change as more reflexive approaches to the ironies of maintaining immediacy in re-presentation emerge. Resources are both visual and philosophical: the questioning of logic with ‘associationism’ found in the writings of David Hume and influencing Lawrence Sterne, a fascination with Spanish painting and its influence on Robert Motherwell, who was in turn influenced by A. N. Whitehead.’
Author: Key, Joan