Rampant Sea Tom Hopkins

Year
1999
Medium
Oil On Canvas
Size
76.5 × 77.75 inches
194.31 × 197.49 cm
Framed Size
80 × 81 inches
203.2 × 205.74 cm

Two enigmatic figures tied together by a thick rope work to balance a small boat during high seas in this powerful composition. Rendered in luminous, painterly colours with brilliant chiaroscuro, the large oil on canvas alludes to classical and Baroque forms. The mysterious allegorical nature of the painting is heightened by the glances of the figures entwined in rope. “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.” Tom Hopkins Tom Hopkins was born in 1944, Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada. He holds a BFA from Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB, and an MFA from Concordia University, Montreal, QC. His work is held in many important private and public collections, including: The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, NB, the Banque Nationale du Canada, Montreal, QC, the Bank of Nova Scotia, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ottawa, ON; Warsaw, Poland, Microsoft Corporation, Seattle, Washington, USA, the Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, ON, the Royal Bank of Canada, and the Toronto Dominion Bank, Toronto, ON.

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