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Lived/Active: New York/West Virginia      Known for: abstract expressionist painting, collage

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Budd Hopkins
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Marathon, 1964
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The following is from the website of the Wheeling, West Virginia Hall of Fame, courtesy of Rick Leon:

Budd Hopkins, 1931-
Inducted 1992

"My paintings and sculptures, at first glance, may appear to be purely aesthetic; closer up, they are not. They hold a feeling of tentativeness, combined with a sense of arrival." -- Budd Hopkins.

Wheeling native Budd Hopkins has established an international reputation as an artist and sculptor.

His work is on display in many of the most prestigious art galleries and museums, not only in the United States but in Europe as well. He has won wide acclaim in the field of abstract art.

Recently, he has also been recognized for his research into the matter of UFOs and one of his books, "The Intruders", printed by Random House, was on the New York Times best-seller list and was the basis for a television show on CBS.

Born in 1931, he is a graduate of Linsly Military Institute (now Linsly School) in 1949 and Oberlin College in 1953. He first displayed artistic abilities when, as a child recovering from a long-term illness, he began to create sculptures of ships made out of modeling clay. But it wasn't until he arrive at Oberlin that he made a serious study of art.

He settled in New York after obtaining his degree and has had a residence there ever since. He and his wife, April Kingsley, and their daughter, Grace, divide their time between their home at Cape Cod, Mass., and that in New York City.

In his work, he travels widely. He has exhibited in England, Finland, Italy and Switzerland.

In 1963, Hopkins was selected by the Columbia Broadcasting System as one of the 15 painters featured in the network's first television special on American art. In 1958, Art News picked him as one of 12 Americans for exhibition in Spoleto, Italy, in the "Festival of Two Worlds."

His brilliance has won him a humber of fellowships and awards. In 1972, the West Virginia Arts and Humanities Council awarded him its Commission Prize. In 1976, he received the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for Painting and in '79 he received a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts. He also won a special project grant from the New York State Council on the Arts in 1982.

Hopkins' work has appeared in many exhibitions across the country and he is represented in many important private and corporate collections around the nation.

His art has been featured in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Bronx Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Whitney Museum, Corcoran Gallery, Guggenheim Museum, Queens Museum in New York, and the Public Library of New York.

Across the United States, it has been seen in the Smithsonian Institution and the Library Congress in Washington, D. C.; the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and the San Francisco Museum, among others.

Universities and Colleges which have shown Hopkins paintings and sculpture include his alma mater, Oberlin; Princeton, Yale, Denison, Drew, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, DePauw, Williams, Brandeis, Middlebury, North Carolina, Michigan State, Reed, Bradford, Connecticut, Alabama, Bennington, and the City College of New York,

Biography from Levis Fine Art:
A candid reflection on the artistic career of Budd Hopkins reveals a style imbued with the emotional dynamism of the 1950's, the cool sensibility of the 1960's, and the linear geometricism of the 1970's. Works from all points of his illustrious career are in the collection of thirty-two museums including the Guggenheim, The Corcoran Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney.

Hopkins career began during the early stages of Abstract Expressionism, which he embraced with its violent brushstrokes, heavily applied paint and massive canvases. But by the mid-60's, Hopkin's unique style became clear; one in which abstraction finds its place within a color field and where there is harmony between angles and circles, blacks and whites, and flatness and depth. This unique style primarily developed from Hopkins' response to Leger's later hard-edged works, and also a general increased interest in collages. The collages provided Hopkins with "a method of concretizing the implicit geometries of Abstract Expressionism without sacrificing any of its energy" (Kingsley, 1972)

While the works from the 1960's reveal a static moment in time, the works from the 1970's and 80's reach far beyond a multi-dimensional atmosphere. These works exemplify Hopkins' ability to transcend movement on a two-dimensional plane, revealing a struggle for "time and attention" within the space.

Hopkins' oeuvre conveys a sense of uninhibited 'harmony and life-like complexity', an intensity that continues to dominate his work today. The multi-faceted nature which exists in his canvases pay tremendous homage to Mondrian's geometric canon, Rothko's color and depth experiments, and the Abstract Expressionist's unbridled emotional expressiveness.

2008 Levis Fine Art, Inc.

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