Sanctuary | oil on canvas | 30 x 40, framed 32.5 x 42.5 | $7,000
Artists and collectors flock to Cape Cod from all across the globe, just to see the sites that Edward Hopper painted. Half a century after his death, new generations continue to be inspired by his work and the area that this great American painter chose as his home. Creative people in all fields learn from those who have gone before: while honoring their teachers, they add their own talents and experience, their own selves, and make something new. Acknowledging and ever grateful for Edward Hopper’s influence, “After Hopper” celebrates the artists of today who continue to pursue Hopper’s path in their own unique ways.
The Addison Art Gallery invites the public to "After Hopper" events and exhibitions of work created by contemporary artists inspired by Edward Hopper and Cape Cod.
"Our native architecture, with its hideous beauty, it’s fantastic roofs, pseudo-Gothic, French mansard, colonial, mongrel or what not, with eye-searing color or delicate harmonies of faded paint, shouldering one another along interminable streets… these appear again and again, as they should in any honest delineation of the American scene. The great realists of Europe have never been too fastidious to depict the architecture of their native lands in their pictures." — Edward Hopper
Robert Abele studied fine art at the School of Visual Arts in New York City earning my BFA in 1993. He furthered his education at the prestigious Art Students League. His first plein air painting was done on Cape Cod in 1987. For the past 25 years he has studied and practiced to perfect this difficult form of painting. His work is collected domestically and internationally residing in over 200 private collections.
”Reflection Pool is a nod to Hopper’s series of rocks along the coast of Maine. Hopper is praised for his powerful compositions and the rocks along the coast of Maine provide a great opportunity for him to further explore this subject. My goal in this piece was to create a serene moment surrounded by beauty and soaked in light.” — Paul Batch
Paul Batch is a contemporary painter praised for his evocative atmospheric landscapes. His paintings are a poetic response to the fleeting and ephemeral light cast by the passing sun or rising moon. He focuses on transitions, painting various times of day, changing weather, and the rich seasons New England offers.
Paul received his BFA and MFA from the Hartford Art School where he studied under the late great Stephen Brown. He is an award-winning member of Oil Painters of America and Portrait Society of America. His work has appeared in numerous publications including the Artist’s Magazine, International Artist and Fine Art Connoisseur. A native of Massachusetts, Paul resides in Western Massachusetts with his wife and their two children.
"Some of Edward Hopper’s most successful works were coastal New England views with nautical themes which demonstrate the joy of sunlight, wind, and sea air. Hopper used the strong compositional element of the oblique diagonal in his painting Gloucester Beach, Bass Rock. Beach Day uses a similar axis in the portrayal of a summer day at Corn Hill Beach, Truro. I painted with restraint as I remembered the space, solitude, and dignity of Hopper’s iconic paintings.” — Linda Beach
"Out walking just after sunrise I spotted a row of houses catching the light on their gable ends and thought that Edward Hopper would have enjoyed the stillness of the morning and the beautiful light on the side of the buildings." — Maryalice Eizenberg
Maryalice Eizenberg is an award-winning artist and Massachusetts native. She has studied with accomplished painters John Cosby, Donald Demers, Joseph Paquet and Charles Sovek. Her work has been featured in Cape Cod Life and Chatham magazines. Her work has been included in The Creative Spirit, Art in Chatham's Old Village and Contemporary Cape Cod Artists, People & Places. She teaches at the Creative Arts Center in Chatham and is a member of Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists, Cape Cod Plein Air Painters and 21 in Truro. Her work is held in private collections in the United States, Europe and Japan.
“My goal is to find the beauty in life and then share it. I’m attracted by light and color and the stories they tell. The beauty is fleeting, there for a moment, then the light shifts, the colors change and it is gone. Sometimes the image is captured by the the lens. Other times only by eye and the soul.” — Stephanie Foster
“Hopper’s paintings often seem to emit a feeling of aloneness yet they are not lonely. They make you pause and realize you have to slow down to enjoy the small moments of life; the beauty.” — Stephanie Foster
Stephanie has been a columnist and photojournalist for over 30 years. Shehas garnered numerous regional and national awards for humor and serious column writing, lifestyle features, health reporting, environmental coverage and color photography. Her solo show, "The Dune Shack Experience" at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, drew crowds from throughout New England.
Fine art photographer Stephanie Foster finds the light on Cape Cod special, transforming an ordinary scene into something extraordinary adding mood and a hidden dimension. Hopper was a master at capturing these qualities, and an inspiration to Foster, who has had two solo shows at the Cape Cod Museum of Art and is the author of the photography book, Farms of Cape Cod.
"One of the many things I love about being on the Outer Cape is to walk—and paint—in the footsteps of art's masters, Edward Hopper prime among them. This painting was inspired by Hopper's Wellfleet Road, painted in 1931, also on Kendrick Avenue. While there are now more houses, and the Chequesset Inn is long gone, it is still a road inviting you to travel it.” — Catherine Hess
Catherine Hess has spent decades on the Outer Cape and maintains a studio in Wellfleet. She is inspired by the constant and often dramatic changes in tides, sun, clouds and winds, as they alter colors, shapes and shadows in the landscape. She primarily paints plein air, relishing the challenge of capturing a scene’s essence amid these changes.
“During my 15 residencies in Edward Hopper’s Truro studio, I have made a series of paintings of its interior. My paintings offer Hopper lovers a peek inside Hopper’s mind. He designed the building to serve as his observatory of the special Cape Cod light. I chose to paint the corners of his studio where the most dramatic effects of that light are cast upon Hopper’s walls. These paintings help us better grasp the emotional power of Edward Hopper’s experience of Cape Cod.” — Philip Koch
It was seeing the light in Edward Hopper's work that inspired Philip Koch early in his painting career to change from abstraction to realism. Koch, a nationally recognized landscape painter, has been granted 15 residencies in Hopper's former studio in Truro on Cape Cod. Fourteen American Art museums Hold Koch's work in their permanent collections.
"Edward Hopper’s paintings of the Outer Cape capture it's spare beauty and essence with their stripped-down compositions, thoughtful precise construction, and expressive use of color. To my eyes, they are not sentimental, but honest representations of the Cape he experienced. It’s amazing that we all can still see so many of the structures and landscapes he painted even with the inevitable changes of time. I take inspiration from this in my latest work, and am grateful for the opportunity to share my experience of this still entralling landscape.” — Marc Kundmann
Marc Kundmann studied and workshopped with fine artists connected to the long tradition of painting on the Cape including Robert Henry, Jim Peters, Bert Yarborough and Richard Baker. He works with encaustic wax, one of the oldest forms of painting. The technique allows him to build and remove textured layers of color, transparency, and pigments. He focuses on the joy of creating, and also painting with honesty.
“Edward Hopper's work to me is a calming source of inspiration.” — Jonathan McPhillips
“I typically seek narratives and subjects that offer dynamic compositions and a sense of activity that accompanies coastal life. When I find a scene that exudes the soothing side of life on Cape Cod, I immediately think of Hopper. He depicted this house when it had almost no trees or vegetation around it, and in typical Hopper fashion, turned an ordinary summer home into an iconic image. Today the scene offers wonderful trees and greenery, yet the home retains its iconic appearance. Just as a rain barrel might have been Hopper's nod to a small narrative in his depiction, I wanted the beach towels in my scene to convey the presence of summer life.”
— Jonathan McPhillips
Jonathan McPhillips graduated from Connecticut College with a Cum Laude Distinction in Fine Art. Jonathan’s artwork has evolved into a celebration of coastal New England. Working equally in the studio and on location, his work features the harbors, beaches, vessels, and architecture of our coastal marine environment. Jonathan’s many honors include having been invited by the U.S. Department of State to participate in the “Art in Embassies” program.
John F. Murphy
"In general it can be said that a nation's art is greatest when it most reflects the character of its people." - Edward Hopper
John Murphy attended the Butera School of Art, opened The Land Ho! and painted with master painter Robert Douglas Hunter who has been a mentor and friend for over three decades.
While serving in the United States Navy, John designed a plaque presented to President John F. Kennedy at his inauguration on the behalf of the U.S.S. Warrington. John F. Murphy paintings have been chosen for the cover of Orleans Town Guides, Pops in the Park signature posters, as well as being hot items at the annual Cape Cod Museum of Art Auctions. His work is in the permanent collection of the Cape Cod Museum of Art and many prestigious private collections throughout the Americans and Europe. His work has been positively reviewed in the Boston Globe, Cape Cod Life, Cape Cod Times, Cape Codder, A-Plus and Cape Cod View.
Paul Schulenburg is an internationally collected artist whose work has shown at the Hopper House Museum, in solo shows at Cape Cod Museum of Art, at Provincetown Art Association and Museum and Cahoon Museum of American Art. He has appeared over dozens of times in respected national art publications including on the cover. Schulenburg is a first place Copley artist, member of Oil Painters of America and was commissioned by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum to create a portrait of museum trustee Eliot Forbes.
"The light on the Outer Cape, filtered by the proximity of the ocean and the Bay, creates a stunning impact that has compelled artists to paint plein air for over a century. Edward Hopper's paintings of New England buildings in sun and shadow have defined an era and inspired artists in the decades that have followed.
"Last summer, on just such a sun-filled morning, I set up my easel on Bradford Street in Provincetown to capture the simplicity of the structures with light striking the sides of the painted buildings. Tourists on a scavenger hunt stopped to take my picture, needing a 'performing artist' to complete their assignment.” — Fay Shutzer
Fay Shutzer’s landscapes reflect her New England roots and her passion for light on rural buildings. Having spent her high school years in Concord, Massachusetts, she finds the focus on Thoreau’s time at the Cape particularly intriguing. Shutzer is a popular plein air workshop leader at the Truro Center for the Arts.
“Edward Hopper made sure that his viewer saw a moment in time. In his work, their is never a question of the time of day as he transports you to the selected moment. I like to paint in the morning and this Cape Cod alley tucked away caught my eye with the wonderful morning light and playful shadows.” — Linda Turoczi
Linda Turoczi has a deep love of color. She paints in Pennsylvania during the winter months, looking forward to the lovely landscapes of Cape Cod.
“My favorite time to paint is in the early morning when the light is just arriving and changing the landscapes. My paintings are my response to color.”
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