Mark Hopkins, an American artist, born 1965.
Mark journey in the visual arts started with a strong desire to use materials to create a textural mosaic that breaks from flat painting. I build with wood and use collage to adorn three dimensional pieces. The 3-D quality of the work offers liveliness to the surface which changes in different lighting and moves as you cross the room exposing edges and shadows. Inspiration comes first with preliminary drawings, done in quick moments of inspiration. Mark then fuse together these structured plans and compositions, with the chaos of
wonderful artistic creation. Getting this inspiration on a daily basis has ended with a varied array of works to show. his use of wood, fibrous materials, acrylic and oil paints to creating objects and still lives feels primal.
In some of the work, loose symbolic forms, leaves the works open to the individual’s imagination. In other pieces he plays with the perception of movement and action. These fantasies of colors and forms depict everyday objects as animated and charged comes from a strong influence in native American an African art. Mark enjoy the expressive range of colors and folksy use of material. A goal of his would be to create work as timeless as cave paintings. In that his constructions are objects that are the beginnings of stories. A narrative that begins with the artist convey thru the art and ends with the viewer.