Phill Hopkins

Artist, Curator, Arts administrator, Project manager, Consultant

“Let no thought pass incognito, and keep your notebook as strictly as the authorities keep their register of aliens.” ? Walter Benjamin Drawing is central to me. Not only is it at the core of my practise as an artist, but, possibly more importantly, it allows me to be tethered to and in the world. Moreover, these two areas are in fact one and the same. I draw obsessively; sometimes having an idea to get down on paper and at other times drawing for the pleasure (or displeasure) it brings. Drawing is immediate, sometimes dealing with narrative and at other times devoid of story. Drawing allows ideas to come into being; the channel from imagination to reality. Sculpture comes directly from drawing; seldom do I make without drawing. I use materials and images in a similar way; that is, I buy, acquire or find; self-sufficiency in the place where I live or the places I travel through and to. The image of the house, which features heavily in some of my work, is a simple statement of fact; that is, it does not put forward an argument or agenda, but rather it presents information. However, it may also act or function tacitly, making implicit arguments or statements, using a variety of means to influence the viewer. It resonates with the building up and the dismantling of my inner and the external environment. I am drawn to the feel of the house shape, that is, the porosity of its external and inner surfaces and its susceptibility which allows me to imbue it with happenings, both physical to me and directly linked to my imagination. The house is often blank or even 'speechless' and may act as an emissary; an object that discloses information, communicating knowledge of itself or something beyond. read full statement

Location Leeds & London, Yorkshire
Activities Primary education, Higher education, Further education, Adult education, Special needs education, Lecturing, Workshops, Arts in health, Disability arts, Participatory projects, Public art, Private commissions, Curating, Gallery education, Events management, Visual arts consultancy, Project management