The Beauty of Ordinary Things
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th July 2018
For over 25 years I have devoted my professional career to depicting objects and still life. This course is your chance to learn from my experience and for me to share with you some of the methods and materials I have found most useful in my work.
I'll give a short talk illustrated with works that I find particularly inspiring to show you that still life can be every bit as powerful and moving as other genres and speak just as directly to the human condition.
Most of our time together will be spent working practically with oil paint. I'll demonstrate a painting exercise to show how the use of colour and tone combined with dispassionate observation create that miraculous illusion of life.
My intention is to encourage the development of your observational skills, to share my passion for this way of seeing the world and to give you some fundamental techniques to take away and develop in your own work.
Siân Hopkinson was born in Hertfordshire in 1967. She attended Wimbledon School of Art and graduated in 1989. In her final year she became deeply engaged with the genre of Still Life, in particular the Still Life paintings of Spain in the 17th Century where everyday humble objects become moving and miraculous. She took particular inspiration from the works Chardin, Velazquez, Manet and Morandi.
Shortly after graduating she was commissioned by Euphrosyne Doxiadis to provide 36 pen and ink drawings for her book The Mysterious Fayum Portraits – Faces From Ancient Egypt (London: Thames and Hudson, 1995). She was further commissioned by the author to produce studies from Fayum funerary portraits in the British Museum which Doxiadis used during her lecture tour to illustrate elements of ancient technique. The beauty found in the art of this period continues to influence her today.
Hopkinson exhibited her own work in and around London before finding representation with Rafael Valls in St. James’s Piccadilly. After three successful solo shows with the gallery, she moved to Panter and Hall, who continue to represent her today. Her work has been exhibited in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Athens and Istanbul and has sold in both Europe and America.
You can find out more about Sian at her website: www.sianhopkinson.com/