Thursday, September 3 at 3:00
Philip Koch Slide Talk
Early in his career, Philip Koch was inspired by seeing Edward Hopper’s art to change from painting abstractions to working in a realist direction. Since 1983 he has had 15 residencies staying and working in Hopper’s Truro, MA studio. He is known both for his vividly colored landscape paintings and for his paintings of the interior of Hopper’s studio. Despite being the grandson of the inventor of Kodachrome film, Koch never uses photography to make his paintings. He believes relying on direct observation and memory gives his work a deeper emotional resonance. Koch’s art is represented in the Permanent Collections of 15 American art museums. He is a senior professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Koch’s slide talk at the Cape Cod Museum of Art will show photos of Hopper’s Truro studio and will examine the impact Cape Cod had on Hopper’s art. He will address why Hopper’s art has become central imagery of how American’s define their identity. Koch will also show examples of his own painting done on the Cape over the last three decades.
Thursday, September 3 from 5:30 to 7:00
After Hopper Reception
Join artists and friends for a casual reception and this nationally recognized exhibition concentrating on plein air work.
Saturday, September 19 from 1:00 to 3:00
After Hopper Painting Demonstrations
Like many artists of today, Edward Hopper was inspired by Cape’s natural, stunning light. Join us to see artists create onsite and learn more about their techniques. Artists planning to participate include Linda Beach, Maryalice Eizenberg, Steve Kennedy, Laura Levine, Rosalie Nadeau, Susan Overstreet, Carol Petretti and Paul Schulenburg. In the case of rain, the artists will paint inside the Cape Cod Museum of Art.
Sunday, October 11 at 2:00
After Hopper Artists Panel
Learn more about the work of Edward Hopper and how he is influencing artists of today. Panelists include Robert Abele III, Rebecca Bruyn, Kenneth Hawkey, Marc Kundmann and Paul Schulenburg. Moderated by Helen Addison.
Celebrating Edward Hopper’s Legacy on Cape Cod
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Cape Cod, MA – In 1930, Edward Hopper and his wife Jo spent their first summer in South Truro on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Having traveled through many states and France, they built their home here on a bluff overlooking Cape Cod Bay. Artists from near and far have joined with the Addison Art Gallery and other regional organizations and businesses for “After Hopper,” a celebration of work by contemporary artists inspired by Edward Hopper and Cape Cod – the area that inspired Hopper for decades. Plans for this celebration include exhibitions of new plein air and studio works, receptions, demonstrations, artist panels, and talks by Hopper experts.
Helen Addison, owner of the Addison Art Gallery, “The impact Hopper’s work has on contemporary artists and the market is rising with international coverage and soaring auction prices. Our region’s high regard for historic architecture combined with our natural environment (protected by the expansive Cape Cod National Seashore) makes this the ideal place for artists and art lovers to get a deeper understanding of Hopper’s work and influences. ‘After Hopper’ celebrates the integral part he, as an artist, has played in our country’s artistic heritage, and the effects his work has on today’s painters, as well as the essential part played by those preserving our artistic traditions.” Addison, who lives in Truro, created and is implementing After Hopper (copyright Addison Art, Inc. 2015).
After Hopper is supported by the Edward Hopper House Art Center (Nyack, New York), Fine Art Connoisseur, American Art Collector and Plein Air Magazine as well as Pamet Harbor Yacht and Tennis Club, Truro Public Library and Truro Vineyards.
According to Edith A. Tonelli, Ph.D., Director, Cape Cod Museum of Art, “It is exciting for us to partner with Helen Addison and the Addison Art Gallery. This project, which involves asking artists from all over the country to create new works of art inspired by Edward Hopper and the places he painted, is exactly in line with our mission to inspire artists and exhibit art that is connected to our region. These exhibitions and events are also intended to spark a dialogue about contemporary painting and its ties to historic and global artistic traditions.”
“Artists and collectors flock to Cape Cod from all across the globe, just to see the sites that Edward Hopper painted. Nearly half a century after his death, new generations continue to be inspired by the area that this great American painter chose as his home.
“In my twenty years of running a gallery on Cape Cod, I have met many artists who credit Hopper as an influence while creating in their own distinct styles – choosing their own sites to interpret and expressing their own emotions. But not every visitor is familiar with Hopper’s legacy – just as few tourists are aware that Provincetown, not Plymouth, is where the Pilgrims first set anchor.
“Perhaps because of who he was, a man with minimal social interaction who chose his friends carefully and kept his distance from the vibrant arts community we have long treasured here, Hopper’s deep ties to Cape Cod are not as widely acknowledged as they deserve to be.
“Every day, on my way home from work, I see the house that Edward and Jo, his wife, rented before they decided to build their home on a dune overlooking Cape Cod Bay. From my loft, I can see the house he built, its great window flooded with northern light. I live surrounded by the sites he painted and the families he brought into his closely guarded circle.
Fortunate as I am to live in this exceptional part of our amazing country, and however much I find myself captivated by his work, what motivated me to launch “After Hopper” are the gifts that – uninsistently, reclusively – he handed down to the artists of today.
“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, I initiated ‘After Hopper’ to celebrate the artists of today who continue to pursue Hopper’s path in their own unique ways.” – Helen Addison
“Edward Hopper’s sparsely populated landscapes of the Outer Cape have probably influenced me more than any other paintings. It’s hard to see the places he painted and not find oneself thinking: Hopper painted this. Though my work is more colorful and not quite as introspective as Hopper’s, I’m indebted to his choice of everyday scenes, charged with drama through his use of strong light and shade.” – Steve Kennedy
“With After Hopper, 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
“It was the dune landscape I first saw in 1969 driving over that last hill on Route 6 that captured my heart and I moved here 3 months later. Year round, my favorite pastime was roaming the dunes. Hopper’s work depicted how I saw my familiar Cape landscape and inspired how I wanted to paint that same landscape – 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
“I have long been intrigued by the mystery surrounding Edward Hopper’s subjects, whether a stark Cape Cod house or people in their lonely surroundings. I relate to emotionality that Hopper conveyed, for that subconsciously drives my own expression. As in Hopper’s work, a painting should have a life beyond the artist’s skills and conscious efforts. We do not always know what we are communicating in the throes of creation. While we can’t verbalize it, we paint it and the subconscious comes to light. Though different in style and emotion than Hopper, I choose the same subjects: Cape Cod architecture, landscapes, and the figure in those environments.” – Susan Overstreet
“I admire the way Hopper took a scene and stripped it down to its essentials. The compositions are constructed with thoughtful precision. The color is used expressively. I’m especially enthralled with his work that includes figures. They fill the painting not with their scale, but their simple, perfectly placed presence.” – Marc Kundmann
“I have always admired Hopper’s ability to maintain a feeling of loneliness even though his work is flooded with beautiful light.” – Maryalice Eizenberg
“When I first started painting in the 1960s I thought to be a serious painter on had to paint simple geometric shapes like the artist Frank Stella, so I did too. But from Edward Hopper’s example I learned that one could be aware of avant-garde art but still choose subtlety nuanced realism as one’s way to express oneself.” – Philip Koch
“Bathed in the light of the outer Cape painting plein air it is impossible for me not to be inspired by Edward Hopper. My only hope is that I filter what he has so masterfully done and paint with my own voice” – Robert Abele
More 2015 Events
November and December
After Hopper Exhibition in Edward Hopper’s Town
Truro Public Library
7 Standish Way, North Truro
Saturday, November 7 from 3:00 to 5:00
Reception for “In Hopper’s Town”
Truro Public Library
7 Standish Way, North Truro
The Addison Art Gallery
The Addison Art Gallery is highly regarded as the most active gallery in the region and especially noted for bringing emerging artists to the national and international market. The Gallery celebrates its 20th Anniversary in 2015.