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.
Robert Abele | Pam Atkins | Paul Batch | Linda Beach | Maryalice Eizenberg | Stephanie Foster | Catherine Hess | Peter Kalill | Steve Kennedy | Philip Koch | Marc Kundmann | Joan Lockheart | Sharon McGauley | Jonathan McPhillips | John F. Murphy | Susan Overstreet | Andrea Petitto | James Reynolds | Paul Schulenburg | Fay Shutzer | Catherine Skowron | Cleber Stecei | Mona Stratos | Linda Turoczi | 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.
"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.
"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
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.
"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.
“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
"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.
"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.
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