Phill Hopkins

Phil Hopkins’ drawings have a devotional quality. Drawing on the humble, mundane materials and images that dominate our everyday experience, they worry away at them until their physicality and their meaning is transformed. The kitsch poetry of paint-colour names on DIY store colour charts carry the pathos of suburban aspiration, and catalogues of furniture or consumer goods reveal the ways in which we strive to assert our individuality within the limitations of commodified options. These are carefully chosen surfaces on which to draw, and their sheen of advertised sophistication is erased when Hopkins works with these materials. The erasure takes place not decisively, not cleanly, but partially, hesitantly, by means of a roughly scumbled layer of paint reminiscent of the white-smeared surface of windows behind which redecoration work is taking place. The schematic image of the house, and the narrow line of the garden path, ubiquitous in Hopkins' work over many years, remind us simultaneously of a place of refuge and a place of confinement. They signify both the private home of the 'nuclear family' and the social space of the housing estate, embodying both the separateness of the individual and the uniformity of the mass. (Derek Horton, 2014) Biography Born in Bristol England, Phill Hopkins studied at Goldsmiths College in London. He lives and works in Leeds. Known as a sculptor, his recent work has centred predominately around drawing. He was recently included in Becky Beasley’s ‘I Fall to Pieces’ (named after his piece) at Leeds City Art Gallery; Catalyst: Contemporary Art and War - Imperial War Museum North, Salford and Parallel Lines & Model Gallery, Leeds. He is represented in various public collections, including, Imperial War Museum, London; Stadt Dortmund, Germany; Hungarian Museum of Photography and Leeds City Art Gallery.

Eurotunnel Terminal
ink and emulsion paint on paper
20.7 x 29.3 cm
2015
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Golden Train
Indian ink and emulsion paint & Nail Varnish on paper
20.7 x 29.3 cm
2015
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ink and emulsion paint on paper
20.9 x 14.6 cm
2015
£350
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Hand Gun
ink and emulsion paint on paper
20.9 x 14.6 cm
2015
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East Village
ink and emulsion paint on paper
20.9 x 14.6 cm
2015
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Descend
ink and emulsion paint on paper
20.9 x 14.6 cm
2015
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Bombed Tower Block (Syria)
Gloss paint, varnish, spray paint and emulsion paint on Fabriano 100/100 cotton paper
28.5 x 20.8 cm
2015
£850
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A Car Door and Two Men (Syria)
Gloss paint, varnish, spray paint and emulsion paint on Fabriano 100/100 cotton paper
28.5 x 20.8 cm
2015
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Women and Children Running (Syria)
Gloss paint, varnish, spray paint and emulsion paint on Fabriano 100/100 cotton paper
28.5 x 20.8 cm
2015
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Explosion - White Tower Block (Syria)
Gloss paint, varnish, spray paint and emulsion paint on Fabriano 100/100 cotton paper
28.5 x 20.8 cm
2015
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Burning City Gaza
Gloss paint, varnish and emulsion paint on Fabriano 100/100 cotton paper
76 x 57 cm
2014
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Bombed Buildings Syria
Gloss paint, varnish and emulsion paint on Fabriano 100/100 cotton paper
76 x 57 cm
2014
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White Drone (Strange Industry Variations)
Ink, emulsion paint, spray paint, gloss paint and varnish on newspaper mounted on card.
15.2 x 12.7 cm

2014
£450
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Power Station (Strange Industry Variations) 
Ink, emulsion paint, spray paint, gloss paint and varnish on newspaper mounted on card.
15.4 x 15.4 cm

2014
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Black Drone (Strange Industry Variations)
Ink, emulsion paint, spray paint, gloss paint and varnish on newspaper mounted on card.
13.9 x 13 cm

2014
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Untitled (Heart Retreat)
Ink & Acrylic on Paint Chart
21 x 15cm
2013
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Untitled (Room Room)
Ink & Acrylic on Paint Chart
21 x 15cm
2013
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Untitled (Shadow)
Ink & Acrylic on Paint Chart
15 x 21cm
2013
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Untitled (Walnut)
Ink & Acrylic on Paint Chart
21 x 15cm
2013
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Untitled (HOAR Frost)
Ink & Acrylic on Paint Chart
21 x 15cm
2013
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Phill Hopkins /// Artist Trading Cards
Untitled (Black on red spray)
Spray paint on Canvas Paper
6 x 9cm
2014
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Untitled (White on Black)
Spray paint on Canvas Paper
6 x 9cm
2014
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Untitled (White on Red Gold)
Spray paint on Canvas Paper
6 x 9cm
2014
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Phill Hopkins CV

Phill Hopkins was born and grew up in Bristol, UK. He studied at Goldsmiths College in London 1982-1985 and was taught by Michael Craig-Martin, Richard Wentworth and Carl Plackman. 
He lives and works in Leeds UK. 

Public Collections

MIMA / Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
The Imperial War Museum, London
The Henry Moore Centre for the Study of Sculpture, Leeds
Stadt Dortmund, Germany
The Hungarian Museum of Photography, Kecskemet, Hungary
Leeds Art Gallery

Solo Exhibitions
2016
Refugees - New Ceramics - Horsforth Walk of Art, Firefly Pottery, Leeds, UK
Below - 108 Fine Art, Harrogate, UK.
2015
Daily - BasementArtsProject, Leeds UK. Includes 'Daily' newspaper publication.
Part of ‘About Time’, a satellite programme that coincided with British Art Show 8.
Falling/Tumbling/Rolling - Paintings about Gaza - The Allotment Gallery - Greenbelt Festival, Northamptonshire UK
No Mandate - & Model Gallery, Leeds, UK
2014
Explosions - Basement Arts Project at Showcase Spectacular, Leeds Corn Exchange, Leeds UK
The Allotment Gallery - Greenbelt Festival, Northamptonshire UK
Easter (Gas Variations) - St George’s Church, Leeds UK
Maidan Variations - Kiiro Gallery, St Helens, UK
2013
Recent ‘Paint Chart’ Drawings - Roller Gallery, UK
Works from the Fukushima Series - Departure, London UK
Works from the Fukushima Series - Devonshires, London UK
Das Wandern - DWF 4, 64 Wellington Street, Leeds UK
2012 
5am There - The Muammar Gaddafi Variations - Bank Street Arts, Sheffield UK
2011 PLACE: Installation and other works by Phill Hopkins - HoMA, Leeds UK
2008 Seven Drunken Nights - Greenbelt Festival, Cheltenham UK
1996 Domestic Airspace - Brahm Gallery, Leeds UK
1994/5 Recent Drawing - Leeds Art Gallery UK
1991/2 Flyers – Recent Sculptures & Drawings - Leeds Art Gallery UK
1991 Sculpture - Elmete Hall. Leeds UK
1990 Drawings & Sculpture - Brahm Gallery, Leeds UK
1988 Sculptures - Cookridge Street Gallery, Leeds UK
Drawing 85 – 88 - Wakefield College Gallery, Wakefield UK
The Little Naturalist - St Paul’s Gallery, Leeds UK
1985 Drawings - LASS Gallery, Leeds UK
1984 Hartcliffe Arts Festival, Bristol UK

Group Exhibitions
2016
Platform Open Arts Exhibition - Morphets of Harrogate, UK
Semiotic Guerrilla Warfare part III - The Link Gallery - Dean Clough, Halifax, UK
2015
Launch Exhibition - Bulb Contemporary Art Gallery, Home Mills, Huddersfield UK.
Semiotic Guerrilla Warfare (Part I) - PAPER & CHARLIE SMITH LONDON.
Sluice_2015 Art Fair - Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, South Bank, London UK.
Platform Open Art Exhibition - Morphets Of Harrogate, Harrogate, UK.
A Beautiful New World - 2nd Nanjing International Art Festival, Nanjing International Exhibition Center, China.
Stations of the Cross - St Edmund's, Leeds, UK
Generation Loss - Phill Hopkins & James Moore - Paper Gallery, Manchester, UK
PAPER Gallery - KÖLNER LISTE Art Fair, Cologne, Germany
Paper Gallery - Pages: Leeds Contemporary Artists Book Fair 2015. The Tetley, Leeds UK
TEMPUS FUGIT - SYSON - Nottingham, UK
Paper Gallery at London Art Fair: Business Design Centre, UK
2014
ADVENTurous ii
Stour Space, London; Fisherman's Chapel - Leigh on Sea; Apatite Arts - Stoke; 
Dream Dare Do - Winchester; Bethesda to Bethlehem - Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda and 
Engedi Arts - Colwyn Bay, UK.
Paper Gallery at Sluice_ presents: Platform - PAPER: Norte Maar Presents @ Schema Projects Brooklyn, NY, USA 
Paper Gallery at Manchester Contemporary Art Fair, UK
Lost - Salisbury Arts Centre, UK
Snow in Summer - Paper Gallery at Peek-a-Boo Gallery, Perth, Australia
Obsession: Love, Ritual, Collection - The Embassy Tea Gallery. London UK 
Paper Gallery at Macclesfield Barnaby Festival UK 
LUBOMIROV-EASTON Gallery Platform Projects @ Art Athina - Faliro Pavilion, Athens, Greece 
COLONIZE | New work from SCIBase - 3rd on 3rd Gallery & Dykeman-Young Gallery, Jamestown, New York. USA 
Overtime | Seize Leeds - 25 Wellington Street, Leeds UK 
Paper Gallery at Supermarket Art Fair - Stockholm, Sweden 
Members Exhibition - Mexico, Leeds UK
Paralle Lines | Crossing Lines - & Model Gallery, Leeds UK
2013/14 Catalyst: Contemporary Art and War - Imperial War Museum North, Salford UK
2013
End of the Line - Paper Gallery, Manchester UK
The Photocopy Club: Family Politics - Jerwood Space, London UK
Placeless, Place - Whistle Art Stop, Haltwhistle UK 
I Fall to Pieces, curated by Becky Beasley - Leeds Art Gallery UK
Galerie Pack of Patches Artists - Galerie Root, Berlin, Germany
Form and Architecture - Vain & Able Gallery UK 
Neo:Artprize 2013 - Neo:Gallery22, Bolton UK
12-12-12 - Bank Street Arts, Sheffield UK
2012
ADVENTurous - Union Chapel, London & Engedi, Colwyn Bay, Wales
INHOSPITABLE 1.1 SCIBase - 64 Wellington Street, Leeds UK
Lange Nacht Der Museen Innsbruck, Austria
Inhospitable - SCIBase: Independents Liverpool Biennial UK 
Vollendet - Unvollendet - Galerie Pack of Patches, Jena, Germany
Artefacts of Failure - QUAD, Derby UK
Engediarts: Easter Story Exhibition - Imperial Hotel, Colwyn Bay, Wales
SCIBASE at Supermarket: Stockholm Art Fair, Sweden
2011
6 Degrees - The Monks Gallery, Lincoln UK
Happiness Project - Leeds City Gallery UK
Lange Nacht Der Museen Innsbruck, Austria
Angels of the North - Greenbelt Festival, Cheltenham UK
Out of Work - St John the Baptist Church, Knaresborough UK
On the Edge - Temple Works, Leeds UK 
Wilderness - Wesley Hall, Sheffield UK
HOMA, Leeds UK
2010/11 
HOMA, Leeds UK
The Moment of Privacy has Passed: Sketchbooks by Contemporary Artists, Architects and Designers - The Usher Gallery, Lincoln UK
2010
Minutiae - Bank Street Arts, Sheffield UK
v1b3 FALL 2010 SHELTER - International Digital Media Arts Association Conference, Vancouver, B.C. Canada
Melange: Artist interventions curated by Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery - Harvey Nichols, Leeds Light Night UK
Behold - St John the Baptist Church, Knaresborough UK
Pilgrimage to Hailes - Hailes Church, Gloucestershire UK
2008 
12 Artists - Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre, Knaresborough UK
Pilgrimage to Hailes - Hailes Church, Gloucestershire UK
2007 Situation Leeds: Contemporary Artists & The Public Realm – Round Foundry, Leeds UK
2005 Leeds Artist’s Show - Leeds Art Gallery UK
2004 Leeds Artist’s Show - Leeds Art Gallery UK
2003 
Other Criteria - The Henry Moore Institute, Leeds UK
Leeds Artist’s Show - Leeds Art Gallery UK
2002 Leeds Artist’s Show - Leeds Art Gallery UK
2001 Leeds Artist’s Show - Leeds Art Gallery UK
1996 
Homage à Moholy-Nagy Làszlo - Hungarian Museum of Photography, Kecske-met, Hungary
Leeds Artist’s Show - Leeds Art Gallery UK
18 x 24 - 10 Galeria de La Bibliotheque, Maison Pourtons ‘Gustave Ansart’, Haulchin, France
Marie du Vieux - Place Louise de Bettignies, Vieux-Lille, France 
Echevinage - Grand Place de Saint-Amand-Les-Eaux, France
1995 
Leeds Artist’s Show - Leeds Art Gallery UK
Sculptor’s Drawings - John Hansard Gallery, Southampton UK
1994/5 Sculptor’s Drawings - Cornerhouse, Manchester UK
1993 
Declarations of War: Contemporary Art from The Imperial War Museum - Kettle’s yard, Cambridge UK
Four Centuries of Sculptors Drawings from the Collection of Leeds City Art Galleries - Mistodrzitelsky Palace,Moravska Galerie, Bruno, Czechoslovakia
Bookies & Boxers (The Final Round) – The Manor House, Ilkley UK
Dixon Bates, Leeds UK
Frankfurt Book Fair, Germany
1992/3 The Bookmaker - Elizabethan Gallery, Wakefield & Birmingham Central Library UK
1991 6th Yorkshire Arts Biennial - Scarborough Art Gallery UK
1989 
Exchanges - Kunstlerhaus, Dortmund, Germany
Invisible Cities - Leeds Art Gallery UK
Art 92 - Brahm Gallery, Leeds UK
1987 Winners Exhibition Showcase Summer 87 - Elizabethan Gallery, Wakefield UK
1986 
Freedom to Touch - Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle & Cartwright Hall, Bradford UK
Surrealism Surveyed: Responses to an Exhibition - Leeds Art Gallery UK
1985 Whitworth Young Contemporaries – Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester UK
1984 New Contemporaries – ICA, London UK