Alan Hopwood – Visual & Digital Art
Venue: Ground Floor (Old Arts Shop near the Body Shop), intu Potteries Shopping Centre, Quadrant Rd, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 1RZ.
4 prints of Alan Hopwood’s most recent work will be on display and can be bought, at our HQ at intu from 4th October. Alan’s digital exhibition will be on tour, visiting many of the venues where our events will be!
After gaining a Masters Degree in Fine Art, Alan worked in design then became a Fine Art lecturer. During his time teaching, he was diagnosed with an inflammatory spine disease, along with other conditions that affected his nervous system. Work became increasingly challenging and in 2014 he had to retire.
As a therapeutic activity Alan started to think about painting again and after a year or two, regularly exhibiting across the UK and internationally, winning a number of prizes along the way. After initially focusing upon landscapes, Alan’s work now includes more abstract elements and images of himself.
His new processes are designed around his physical limitations- technology and digital media now play a larger part in the production of his artwork. The limitations that forced Alan to generate new working practices have, in turn, created a new aesthetic.
This recent work of Alan’s shares this “other reality”. Images that started life in the physical world, being manipulated and degraded by Alan’s hands, have been digitized. This binary world leaves its own traces, pixels, fractals and vectors that attempt to render. A unification that heals rips and scars, immortalizing something that will never live.
When these images are printed, returning to the physical world, they take on a new identity. Present but not fully real, like a photograph of a lost loved one or a memory based on a recording of oneself rather than the actual event. Fake but eternal. Echoes of life, pain, joy and sorrow.
To find out more about Alan visit his website: https://www.alanhopwood.com/