Celebrating the work of artists inspired by Edward Hopper and Cape Cod, the region he chose to build his home and to paint for decades.
Robert Abele | Rebecca Bruyn | Maryalice Eizenberg | Steve Kennedy | Philip Koch | Marc Kundmann | Sharon McGauley | Jonathan McPhillips | John F. Murphy | Susan Overstreet | Andrea Petitto | Paul Schulenburg | Fay Shutzer | Catherine Skowron | Cleber Stecei | Mona Stratos | James Wolford |
"Growing up on the coast of New England and spending my life painting there it wasn't long before Edward Hopper became one of my biggest influences. I learned from him to respect the architecture and most importantly the beautiful unique light we have here. Within this light Hopper has guided me on many occasions to see the world and respond to it in a way in which only he can inspire.” — Robert Abele
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.
"It's no surprise to all of us who live out here that the edges of the outer cape continue to shift, causing dunes to move back and forth. Facing the Sea was born out of a desire to find Hopper's simplicity and minimalism, yet the story being told is about the power of mother nature and her impact on the cliffs at Ballston Beach." - Rebecca Bruyn
"I walked out of a restaurant in Wellfleet, after a delicious dinner, the sun was sinking in the sky shifting the light at that angle that I love to photograph. I saw this chair in the grasses on Mayo Beach. It looked like it was waiting for something or someone. I grabbed my iPhone and captured the moment instantaneously. When I looked at it later, I realized that it was the light, the simplicity, and mood that I had been drawn to. I hope I've captured this in such a way for the viewer to experience that moment.” — Rebecca Bruyn
Through iPhonography, an internationally recognized visual art form, Rebecca Bruyn uses her iPhone to fulfill the long-awaited desire to capture a fleeting emotion almost instantaneously.
An alternative photographer with more than fifteen years experience, Rebecca’s diverse work has shown in galleries and international competitions.
"The light on Cape Cod and the coastal landscape have been attracting artists for more than a century. The icon of Modern American Painting, Edward Hopper, made his life and art here in the early part of the 20th century. Now in this early part of the 21st century, artists and collectors are continuing to forge an essential partnership that honors the past and looks to the future of this fragile, narrow land. I find myself compelled to paint the stark patterns of light and shadow on buildings that also populate Hopper’s portfolio.” — 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.
"I don't think anyone else influenced the way I approach picture making more than Edward Hopper. His unique way of interpreting the way light falls on a building, and his elevation of mundane into extraordinary are ideas I relate to and have applied to my own work.” — Steve Kennedy
A graduate of Paier Collage of Art and professional artist, Steve Kennedy has been painting on Cape Cod for over thirty years. His work is widely collected nationally and internationally, and has been featured in galleries and museums across the New England/New York region. He calls his style as painterly realism, which he defines as a cross between impressionism and realism.
"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.
"As a painter living in New England, I have been affected and inspired by the work of Edward Hopper. I am honored to be a part of this event acknowledging this. It has been fun to explore areas on the Cape where he lived and worked and to remember just how pervasive his influence is. I have been looking at a lot of his work, learning about the different areas and places that he painted and enjoying the process of letting that information seep into my work. I have found it easy to roam around Truro looking for spots that remind me of him and - once I begin painting - wonder if he would have made a similar choice if he were here today.” — Sharon McGauley
Sharon McGauley has earned multiple grants, studied art at Connecticut College, and continues to work with master painters. She paints plein air and in her studio and is especially inspired by dramatic weather, atmosphere and lighting.
Her work has shown in many solo and juried shows across the country, and can be found in prestigious collections in the US, Canada, Europe and Japan.
"'Wellfleet Icon' is a depiction of the lone residence, with nothing but Cape light and shrubbery to identify a sense of place. Hopper's fascination with light on a building juxtoposes my fascination with backlit and shadowed objects. It is a different examination of the cottage as a portrait in shadow.” — Jonathan McPhillips
"The scene ‘Behind Mac’s’ struck me as a particularly unique snapshot of short-lived solitude. It seemed to be those few hours between weekly rentals when calm briefly prevails. I think Hopper would appreciate that space in time between two unrelated dynamics. It is the time the structure gets to rest, and maybe when it could be captured in its most simple starkness.” — 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
"Truro Vineyards, a beautiful place captured by Hopper in his painting of Rich's Barn. The Model A Ford, shown here, was built in 1930, the same year Hopper and his wife, Jo, first rented a home in Truro." - John F. Murphy
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.
"Being part of After Hopper has accelerated my growth as an artist. Already painting Cape scenes, I am now scouting out Edward Hopper's locations, studying his work and life, painting plein air with other artists, and delighting in the reactions of collectors to my distinctive interpretations. These activities have inspired me to fully develop my individual style and create a body of work that will stand the test of time and as Hopper states: 'is an outward expression of an inner life.’ “ — Susan Overstreet
Devoted to a full-time art career on her beloved Cape Cod, Susan Overstreet's distinct expressionist brushwork and use of color captivates collectors who have followed her development as an artist.
Andrea has taught in New York and across the Cape. She has had solo shows in Canandaigua, at the Copley Society in Boston and the Addison Art Gallery. Having painted for decades, she has won many awards Rochester NY, the Copley Society in Boston, and on Cape Cod.
She often completes a work in one go, a la prima, to keep it fresh and lively. Brush or knife strokes are more important to the final work than representational detail. Her use of a palette knife results in crisp strokes and color patches.
“With After Hopper on the horizon, I am embracing Hopper’s influence. Without trying to recreate the same scenes, I am conscious of celebrating some of the subject matter, the look and pensive, mysterious, contemplative emotions of his work.” — Paul Schulenburg
"Much of Hopper’s Cape Cod landscape has changed over the years. This house still stands by the Harbor much the way it did when he painted it. I believe his perspective was lower, as they have since filled in the area on the side of the road where I stood, and he stood decades before me. I enjoyed the curve of the road as it goes out toward Great Island, which can be seen across the water. And the play of the telephone poles as they marched off into the distance, much the way Hopper portrayed them.” — Paul Schulenburg on House on the Harbor
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.
"There is something about painting in Hopper's territory, even years after he did. As an artist, I feel a connection to the evocative landscape and yet unspoiled quality of the land that beckoned him, and even to Hopper himself. His work tells the viewers so much about not only the subject matter, but the artist himself, in his choices, his colors, what he leaves in, what he omits. I always feel awed when someone says my work reminds them of Hopper. It is as though there is a connection of artists past, present and future on the Outer Cape.” — Fay Shutzer
Oil paint, the light, and the evocative quality of the Outer Cape are the ingredients that drew Fay Shutzer to paint. Her work has been exhibited in numerous juried national competitions. Her style of abstract realism, painting both plein air and in studio often involves palette knife and brush. She lives in New York and Truro.
"It was the dune landscape I first saw in 1969 driving over that last hill on Route 6 that captured my heart. I moved here 3 months later. Year round, my favorite pastime was roaming the dunes. In Hopper’s Truro paintings I saw my familiar Cape landscape and it inspired me to paint that same landscape in my own voice…with the joy in an uninterrupted, uncluttered interaction between the viewer and the essence of a place. When I’m out painting in this landscape I can feel Hopper looming behind me quietly exclaiming 'just look at that light!’” — Catherine Skowron
Catherine Skowron has studied art in France, Italy, and on Cape Cod with Carol Whorf Westcott, Salvatore DelDeo and Elizabeth Pratt. Since 1969 she has exhibited in open and juried shows, and her works are in private collections through out the US, Canada and Europe.
"It's easy for an artist living on Cape Cod to be inspired by Hopper's work, knowing that many of the buildings he painted are still standing after all these years. Hopper’s "Methodist Church" inspired my painting. I like the quality of the fleeting light and the interesting angles of the buildings.” — Cleber Stecei
Born in Brazil in 1976, Cleber Stecei began experimenting with abstract painting as a teenager. After arriving in the United States at the age of 19, he became inspired by the beautiful New England scenery and has since excelled in landscape painting.
Mona Stratos has studied her craft extensively and has been in many juried shows, national exhibitions and galleries. She has received awards for her work which is considered unique in style. In the 1850s, her family settled in Provincetown, as part of the fishing community, and her work reflects this intimate connection.
James Wolford is an American landscape painter with a focus on marine and architectural subjects. A contemporary realist, he captures the subtleties and intensities of light, and often takes subjects considered mundane and transforms them by finding and pointing out their inherent beauty.
He is a member of the Copley Society of Artists and also a signature member of the American Association of Marine Artists.
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