Louise Hopkins is an artist living and working in Glasgow, Scotland.
She makes paintings and drawings directly onto surfaces that already contain information; world maps, patterned furnishing fabric, comics, catalogue pages, magazine pages, photographs, folded or crumpled paper and sheet music.
'Hopkins’ works suggest a chain of contrasts – between mass-produced and handcrafted, reality and artifice, positive and negative, surface and depth, hidden and exposed. In an increasingly fast-paced, image-led world, Hopkins’ interventions are labour-intensive and time-consuming. She slows down time, inviting us to absorb the information she eradicates or exposes through the physical act of painting. In this way, she makes us question the things we see – not only in her work, but in the world around us.’ Lucy Askew (1).
‘Her elegant exposure of the tension between the printed image and the hand-made mark is a rejection of expressive traditions in painting but is accompanied by an understated but often emotional undertow. What does it mean when a map of Europe is altered to obliterate the sea between us and mainland Europe? Or when all the oceans appear to run dry?’ Moira Jeffrey (2)
Recently she has been developing large-scale works for urban and rural locations - ‘Hopkins’ art is always responsive, traditionally working with existing marks or folds on paper…but in these large-scale works, she is responding to something much larger: the environment itself. Just as Dance Number spoke to its location, so Flying Fox addresses Cample Line, the colour of the roof beams, the red sandstone of the walls, the vibrant green of the trees outside. It’s as if she has found a way to take the principles by which she always worked and apply them on a whole new scale… Hopkins’ work repays time spent, and the longer one spends…the more one notices complex layers of response’. Susan Mansfield (3).
In 2018 Hopkins made Flying Fox - a temporary commission and exhibition at CAMPLE LINE in rural Dumfriesshire, and in 2017 she made Dance Number, a temporary artist wall commission outside the Mackintosh Building at Glasgow School of Art. In 2015/16 a group of 7 works were included in Dévider le reel at Les Abattoirs, FRAC Midi-Pyrenees. In 2014 she had a one-person exhibition Black Sea, White Sea as part of GENERATION, the celebration of 25 years of Contemporary Art in Scotland. In 2007 she was one of 6 artists to represent Scotland at the 52nd Venice Biennale, and in 2005 she had a major one-person exhibition Freedom of Information at the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh.
(1) Askew, Lucy - Generation Guide/Reader; National Galleries of Scotland, 2014
(2) Jeffrey, Moira - Scotsman newspaper review of 'Black Sea, White Sea', August 2014
(2) Mansfield, Susan - Scotsman newspaper review of Flying Fox at CAMPLE LINE, 2018