Phill Hopkins & James Moore - Generation Loss

Exhibition Dates: 18 April - 30 May

Installation Views
James Moore
Mammoth Abandoning Cardiff 110,000BC
Oil on Paper,
30x20cm,
2015
£350
Romans Abandoning Cardiff AD380
Oil on Paper,
30x20cm,
2015
Vikings Abandoning Cardiff AD855
Oil on Paper, 
20 x 30cm,
2015
SOLD
Richey Edwards Abandoning Cardiff AD1995
Oil on Paper,
30x20cm,
2015
NATO Abandoning Cardiff AD2014
Oil on Paper,
20 x 30cm,
2015
£350
Phill Hopkins
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
SOLD
Black Flag (Syria)
Gloss paint, varnish, spray paint and emulsion paint on Fabriano 100/100 cotton paper
28.5 x 20.8 cm
2015
SOLD
Woman (Syria)
Gloss paint, varnish, spray paint and emulsion paint on Fabriano 100/100 cotton paper
28.5 x 20.8 cm
2015
£650
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
SOLD
A man Looking at Explosions (Syria)
Gloss paint, varnish, spray paint and emulsion paint on Fabriano 100/100 cotton paper
28.5 x 20.8 cm
2015
£650
Four Tanks (Syria)
Gloss paint, varnish, spray paint and emulsion paint on Fabriano 100/100 cotton paper
28.5 x 20.8 cm
2015
£650
Explosion - Antique Pine (Syria)
Gloss paint, varnish, spray paint and emulsion paint on Fabriano 100/100 cotton paper
28.5 x 20.8 cm
2015
SOLD
Explosion - Chestnut Brown (Syria)
Gloss paint, varnish, spray paint and emulsion paint on Fabriano 100/100 cotton paper
28.5 x 20.8 cm
2015
SOLD
Explosion - Red Roof (Syria)
Gloss paint, varnish, spray paint and emulsion paint on Fabriano 100/100 cotton paper
28.5 x 20.8 cm
2015
SOLD
Untitled (Syria)
Gloss paint, varnish, spray paint and emulsion paint on Fabriano 100/100 cotton paper
28.5 x 20.8 cm
2015
£650
Explosion - White Plume (Syria)
Gloss paint, varnish, spray paint and emulsion paint on Fabriano 100/100 cotton paper
28.5 x 20.8 cm
2015
£650
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
£650
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
£650
Burning City Gaza
Gloss paint, varnish and emulsion paint on Fabriano 100/100 cotton paper
76 x 57 cm
2014
£950
Bombed Buildings Syria
Gloss paint, varnish and emulsion paint on Fabriano 100/100 cotton paper
76 x 57 cm
2014
£950
New paintings by Phill Hopkins and James Moore depict how we record history in Generation Loss at PAPER.
 
Painting is an age-old technique that has enabled us to re-tell stories throughout time. Generation Loss is an exhibition of recent paintings based on how we record events of historical significance, from the Leeds-based Artist Phill Hopkins & James Moore from Cardiff, at PAPER Sat 18 April – Sat 30 May. 
 
When does History become Historical? In this exhibition Phill Hopkins and James Moore will present ways of representing historical events through painting from two different perspectives. While Phill Hopkins presents the stories he observes via the media coverage of the conflict in Syria, Ukraine, Gaza, or Iraq, James Moore will present a series of work that looks back at the greater history of Cardiff, moments in time, which by comparison aren’t recorded with the same depth of detail.
 
In this instance, ‘the media’ becomes the place in-between for Phill Hopkins, placing a barrier between him and the event. For Generation Loss, Phill will present work based on the recent conflict in Syria. Phill conveys through his painting the “utter unbelievable horror,” and speaks of how “The destruction is completely beyond my understanding”. In the UK we have a secondary experience of the conflict, which is presented to us through the news. The media in this case becomes an intermediary through whom Hopkins begins to unravel and try to understand these historical events as they happen.
 
James Moore's work is also concerned with the images of representation that are in-between himself and the objective 'real'. The paintings take history as a narrative story, creating particular scenes as badly constructed flimsy spaces based on a few basic facts. Representation is pieced together from different source material, and the final paintings are a type of history painting, but a melancholy, improvised type using the faint ironic humour of our time. This series of factual history paintings look at the moments where the city of Cardiff has been abandoned over time. Scenes such as a dinosaur abandoning Cardiff in 66,000,000BC, Romans abandoning Cardiff in AD380, Richey Edwards abandoning Cardiff in AD1995, and NATO abandoning Cardiff in AD2014.
 
The works in the exhibition depict events that have taken place, but that both Artists have not seen at first hand. Without the careful, painterly recording of these events, they have the potential to become Generation Loss.