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GRACE HOPKINS  uses the tools of photography to create images that many people think are paintings. "Technically, they are straight photographs taken of actual things that exist in the world and are not manipulated...Emotionally, they are all about painting.  I search out surface, shadow, light, color and bring them together onto a canvas.  Color is crucial to me.  I believe in the power of color and how it affects mood," says Hopkins.  


Susan Rand Brown wrote in 2014 in The Banner: "A photographer with the eye and soul of a painter, Hopkins creates an image by isolating a fragment of something larger, perhaps a wall, textured and brightly lit, or flickering in shadow. Hopkins' images ask that we take nothing for granted. We are jolted into seeing the smallest detail, something we would rush past, as something unexpected, marvelous and, by Hopkins' positioning the camera just close enough to enlarge the image without distortion, something quite grand.   Hers is a vision rooted in a pure form of abstract expressionism.  The images she shoots suggest the sharply angled details of a Franz Kline, geometric shapes and flat colors of her father (Budd Hopkins) or a sudden burst of translucent layers, which could have been - but definitely are not - details from a collage by Robert Motherwell. Suddenly a viewer feels surrounded by the freshness of expressionist imagery and motion, each piece different, each piece allusive yet quite original."


© Grace Hopkins 2017