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 | David Arsenault | Maryalice Eizenberg | Stephanie Foster | Catherine Hess | Philip Koch | Marc Kundmann | Jonathan McPhillips | John F. Murphy | Susan Overstreet | Paul Schulenburg | Catherine Skowron |
"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.
"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
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 was very fortunate to have painted Ballston Beach House before it was torn down following 3 Nor’easters that battered the Cape’s shores in early 2018. This iconic house, which was a lifesaving station at the turn of the last century, stood like a sentry overlooking the beach and the people who walked this path to visit. Hopper painted this house from the other side in House on Hill Top (House on Dune, South Truro). He also painted a number of the other houses that used to sit nearby this one (Shacks at Pamet Head), as well as other houses that clung to the tops of Truro’s mighty dunes (House on Dune Edge)." — Catherine Hess
"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.
"Edward Hopper spoke of painting sunlight on the side of a building. 'Looking Up Pearl' captures a moment when the afternoon light on the buildings in Provincetown is so inspiring.” — 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.
“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.
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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