Canadian Fine Art Auction

November 23, 2015

LOT 114
TOM HOPKINS
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TOM HOPKINS

THE WATER (...IN PREPARATION...)

oil on canvas
signed; also signed, titled and dated 2002 on the reverse
46 ins x 44 ins; 116.8 cms x 111.8 cms

Estimate $5,000-$7,000

Realised: $14,160
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

About artist/note:

“For me, tension is the basis for all life. Certainly tension between two or three colours in a painting is what makes the painting vibrant, all contrasts – warm/cool, broad areas against detail, organic against mechanical. And of course, in many of my paintings I am interested in the wild versus the tame, water in nature against water imprisoned ‘civilized’ in a bowl or container.”

In The Water (…In Preparation…), Hopkins creates a narrative of contrast and tension. The backdrop for the scene is a reflective waterscape, limitless in its blues, greens and light. The artist challenges the viewer to shift their perception of the work by placing a blue bowl of water in the foreground. Confronted by this contained space, we now experience the painting through a different lens: Half-full or half-empty, lush or illusory.

Literature:

Tom Hopkins: New Paintings, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, 1997, page 4, the artist in conversation with Guido Molinari.

Provenance:

Private Collection, Montreal