Approved: 10.08.2010

Phill Hopkins

Artist, Curator, Lecturer / academic, Teacher

Approved: 10.08.2010

“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

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Biography

“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.

CV & Education

Phill Hopkins was born and raised in Bristol, UK. He studied sculpture at Goldsmiths College, London and was taught by Michael Craig-Martin, Carl Plackman, and Richard Wentworth. Whilst at Goldsmiths, Hopkins was included in the ‘New Contemporaries’ show at the ICA, London. After graduating from Goldsmiths in 1985, Hopkins was chosen to exhibit in the ‘Whitworth Young Contemporaries’, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK. The same year, he relocated to Leeds, UK. 

In 1987, Hopkins was one of the three major prizewinners of the ‘Showcase Summer '87’ at the Elizabethan Gallery, Wakefield, UK. In 1988, St. Paul’s Gallery in Leeds showed ‘The Little Naturalist’; a collection of his welded steel sculptures. In 1989, Hopkins curated ‘Exchanges’ at the Kunstlerhaus in Dortmund, Germany, which included some of the work from the ‘Little Naturalist’. In 1991, Leeds City Art Gallery staged Hopkins' first major solo exhibition, ‘Flyers - Recent Drawings and Sculpture’. The gallery consequently acquired Hopkins' work for their permanent collection, along with acquisitions by the Henry Moore Centre for the study of Sculpture, the Imperial War Museum, London and many private collections including that of Dr Jeffrey Sherwin. In 1993, at Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, UK, the curator Charles Esche, included Hopkins' sculpture in ‘Declarations of War: Contemporary Art from The Imperial War Museum’. From 1993-1995, Hopkins' work was included in ‘Four Centuries of Sculptors' Drawings from the Collection of Leeds City Art Galleries from Mistodrzitelsky Palace, Moravska Galerie and Bruno, Czechoslovakia. Hopkins was also included in ‘Sculptors' Drawings’ - Cornerhouse, Manchester UK, and ‘Sculptors' Drawings’ at John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, UK. In 2003, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, Hopkins' work was included in their ‘Other Criteria’ show.

For a period Hopkins concentrated on workshops and educational projects, and then in 2008 Greenbelt Festival presented 'Seven Drunken Nights’, an exhibition of innovative drawings, sculpture and a striking performance piece. In 2012, Hopkins was included in ‘Vollendet - Unvollendet’ at Galerie Pack of Patches, Jena, Germany and has consequently shown with the gallery at Galerie Root, Berlin. In 2013, the artist, Becky Beasley, included a work by Hopkins in her show ‘I fall to Pieces’, which was named after the eponymous title of his piece, at Leeds City Art Gallery.

Since 2012, Hopkins has shown consistently with BasementArtsProject: firstly at 'Supermarket', Stockholm Art Fair, Sweden, and then in 'INHOSPITABLE 1.1' at 64 Wellington Street, Leeds; 'INHOSPITABLE' at Independents Liverpool Biennial; and 'COLONIZE' at 3rd on 3rd Gallery & Dykeman-Young Gallery, Jamestown, New York, USA. In 2015, Hopkins presented ‘Daily’ at BasementArtsProject base in Leeds. This included his 'Daily' newspaper publication as part of ‘About Time’ which was a satellite programme coinciding with British Art Show 8.

In 2013, Hopkins joined PAPER Gallery, Manchester, UK, and was subsequently included in their ‘End of the Line’ exhibition. PAPER has continued to represent Hopkins in varied international locations, including: Macclesfield Barnaby Festival, UK; Peek-a-Boo Gallery, Perth, Australia; Manchester Contemporary Art Fair, UK; Schema Projects Brooklyn, New York, USA ; London Art Fair; Leeds Contemporary Artists Book Fair; KÖLNER LISTE Art Fair, Cologne, Germany; Sluice_2015 Art Fair, London; Dean Clough, Halifax, UK and CHARLIE SMITH, London. In 2015, Hopkins showed alongside James Moore in ‘Generation Loss’ at PAPER Gallery in Manchester.

In 2015, Hopkins represented the UK in ‘A Beautiful New World’ at the 2nd Nanjing International Art Festival, China. Following this show, 6 of Hopkins' paintings were acquired for the exhibition’s sponsor’s collection. The following year, 108 Fine Art staged a large exhibition of over 100 of Hopkins' drawings, paintings and sculpture at their Harrogate Gallery.

Recently Hopkins was included in Expo d'anniversaire 5/5/5 at Galerie Youn, Montreal, Canada and is preparing for a solo exhibition with Galerie Pack of Patches, Jena, Germany.

Public Collections

Nanjing Baijia Lake International Culture Investment Group, China
MIMA / Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, UK
The Imperial War Museum, London, UK
The Henry Moore Centre for the Study of Sculpture, Leeds
Stadt Dortmund, Germany
The Hungarian Museum of Photography, Kecskemet, Hungary
Leeds Art Gallery, UK

Included in private collections internationally 
 

Solo Exhibitions

2018
Leftbank, Leeds, UK

2017
Galerie Pack of Patches, Jena, Germany October 2017

2016
Refugees - New Ceramics - Horsforth Walk of Art, Firefly Pottery, Leeds, UK

Below - 108 Fine Art, Harrogate, UK.

2015
Daily - BasementArtsProject, Leeds UK. Includes 'Daily' newspaper publication.
Part of ‘About Time’, a satellite programme that coincided with British Art Show 8.

Falling/Tumbling/Rolling - Paintings about Gaza - The Allotment Gallery - Greenbelt Festival, Northamptonshire UK

No Mandate - & Model Gallery, Leeds, UK 

2014
Explosions - Basement Arts Project at Showcase Spectacular, Leeds Corn Exchange, Leeds UK
The Allotment Gallery - Greenbelt Festival, Northamptonshire UK
Easter (Gas Variations) - St George’s Church, Leeds UK
Maidan Variations - Kiiro Gallery, St Helens, UK

2013
Recent ‘Paint Chart’ Drawings - Roller Gallery, UK
Works from the Fukushima Series - Departure, London UK
Works from the Fukushima Series - Devonshires, London UK
Das Wandern - DWF 4, 64 Wellington Street, Leeds UK

2012 
5am There - The Muammar Gaddafi Variations - Bank Street Arts, Sheffield UK

2011 PLACE: Installation and other works by Phill Hopkins - HoMA, Leeds UK

2008 Seven Drunken Nights - Greenbelt Festival, Cheltenham UK
1996 Domestic Airspace - Brahm Gallery, Leeds UK
1994/5 Recent Drawing - Leeds Art Gallery UK
1991/2 Flyers – Recent Sculptures & Drawings - Leeds Art Gallery UK
1991 Sculpture - Elmete Hall. Leeds UK
1990 Drawings & Sculpture - Brahm Gallery, Leeds UK
1988 Sculptures - Cookridge Street Gallery, Leeds UK
Drawing 85 – 88 - Wakefield College Gallery, Wakefield UK
The Little Naturalist - St Paul’s Gallery, Leeds UK
1985 Drawings - LASS Gallery, Leeds UK
1984 Hartcliffe Arts Festival, Bristol UK

Group Exhibitions

2018
Like the Lines of a Hand - C4rd, London 11 January - 8 February 2018

2017
Like the Lines of a Hand - PAPER Gallery, Manchester, UK 19 November - 23 December 2017

World Turned Upside Down - Curated by Si Smith 
St Edmunds Church, Leeds, UK 20 October - 16 November 2017

Something Blue - www.cultivategallery.com August 2017

Movement - Left Bank, Leeds UK 

Expo d'anniversaire 5/5/5 - Galerie Youn, Montreal, Canada 5 May - 9 September 2017

CHARLIE SMITH LONDON & PAPER present: Semiotic Guerrilla Warfare (part IV) Charlie Smith Gallery, London UK 

Paper, Transformed - PAPER Gallery at Arc, Stockport, UK 

2016
The Gift - John Lewis Sheffield 1 - 31 December 2016 & 35 Chapel, Sheffield UK 5 - 15 December 2016. 
Platform Open Arts Exhibition - Morphets of Harrogate, UK
Semiotic Guerrilla Warfare part III - PAPER & Charlie Smith Galleries at The Link Gallery - Dean Clough, Halifax, UK

2015
Launch Exhibition - Bulb Contemporary Art Gallery, Home Mills, Huddersfield UK.
Semiotic Guerrilla Warfare (Part I) - PAPER & Charlie Smith Galleries, PAPER Gallery, Manchester, UK.
Sluice_2015 Art Fair - Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, South Bank, London UK.
Platform Open Art Exhibition - Morphets Of Harrogate, Harrogate, UK.
A Beautiful New World - 2nd Nanjing International Art Festival, Nanjing International Exhibition Center, China.

Stations of the Cross - St Edmund's, Leeds, UK 
Generation Loss - Phill Hopkins & James Moore - PAPER Gallery, Manchester, UK
PAPER Gallery - KÖLNER LISTE Art Fair, Cologne, Germany
PAPER Gallery - Pages: Leeds Contemporary Artists Book Fair 2015. The Tetley, Leeds UK
TEMPUS FUGIT - SYSON - Nottingham, UK 
PAPER Gallery at London Art Fair: Business Design Centre, UK

2014
ADVENTurous ii
Stour Space, London; Fisherman's Chapel - Leigh on Sea; Apatite Arts - Stoke;  
Dream Dare Do - Winchester; Bethesda to Bethlehem - Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda and  
Engedi Arts - Colwyn Bay, UK.
PAPER Gallery at Sluice_ presents: Platform - PAPER: Norte Maar Presents @ Schema Projects Brooklyn, New York, USA  
PAPER Gallery at Manchester Contemporary Art Fair, UK
Lost - Salisbury Arts Centre, UK
Snow in Summer - PAPER Gallery at Peek-a-Boo Gallery, Perth, Australia 
Obsession: Love, Ritual, Collection - The Embassy Tea Gallery. London UK 
PAPER Gallery at Macclesfield Barnaby Festival, UK 
LUBOMIROV-EASTON Gallery Platform Projects @ Art Athina - Faliro Pavilion, Athens, Greece 
COLONIZE | New work from SCIBase - 3rd on 3rd Gallery & Dykeman-Young Gallery, Jamestown, New York. USA 
Overtime | Seize Leeds - 25 Wellington Street, Leeds UK 
PAPER Gallery at Supermarket Art Fair - Stockholm, Sweden 
Members Exhibition - Mexico, Leeds UK
Paralle Lines | Crossing Lines - & Model Gallery, Leeds UK

2013/14 Catalyst: Contemporary Art and War - Imperial War Museum North, Salford UK

2013
End of the Line - PAPER Gallery, Manchester UK
The Photocopy Club: Family Politics - Jerwood Space, London UK
Placeless, Place - Whistle Art Stop, Haltwhistle UK 
I Fall to Pieces, curated by Becky Beasley - Leeds Art Gallery UK
Galerie Pack of Patches Artists - Galerie Root, Berlin, Germany
Form and Architecture - Vain & Able Gallery UK 
Neo:Artprize 2013 - Neo:Gallery22, Bolton UK
12-12-12 - Bank Street Arts, Sheffield UK

2012
ADVENTurous - Union Chapel, London & Engedi, Colwyn Bay, Wales
INHOSPITABLE 1.1 SCIBase - 64 Wellington Street, Leeds UK
Lange Nacht Der Museen Innsbruck, Austria
Inhospitable - SCIBase: Independents Liverpool Biennial UK 
Vollendet - Unvollendet - Galerie Pack of Patches, Jena, Germany
Artefacts of Failure - QUAD, Derby UK
Engediarts: Easter Story Exhibition - Imperial Hotel, Colwyn Bay, Wales
SCIBASE at Supermarket: Stockholm Art Fair, Sweden

2011
6 Degrees - The Monks Gallery, Lincoln UK
Happiness Project - Leeds City Gallery UK
Lange Nacht Der Museen Innsbruck, Austria
Angels of the North - Greenbelt Festival, Cheltenham UK
Out of Work - St John the Baptist Church, Knaresborough UK
On the Edge - Temple Works, Leeds UK 
Wilderness - Wesley Hall, Sheffield UK
HOMA, Leeds UK

2010/11 
HOMA, Leeds UK
The Moment of Privacy has Passed: Sketchbooks by Contemporary Artists, Architects and Designers - The Usher Gallery, Lincoln UK

2010
Minutiae - Bank Street Arts, Sheffield UK
v1b3 FALL 2010 SHELTER - International Digital Media Arts Association Conference, Vancouver, B.C. Canada
Melange: Artist interventions curated by Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery - Harvey Nichols, Leeds Light Night UK
Behold - St John the Baptist Church, Knaresborough UK
Pilgrimage to Hailes - Hailes Church, Gloucestershire UK

2008 
12 Artists - Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre, Knaresborough UK
Pilgrimage to Hailes - Hailes Church, Gloucestershire UK

2007 Situation Leeds: Contemporary Artists & The Public Realm – Round Foundry, Leeds UK

2005 Leeds Artist’s Show - Leeds Art Gallery UK

2004 Leeds Artist’s Show - Leeds Art Gallery UK

2003 
Other Criteria - The Henry Moore Institute, Leeds UK
Leeds Artist’s Show - Leeds Art Gallery UK

2002 Leeds Artist’s Show - Leeds Art Gallery UK

2001 Leeds Artist’s Show - Leeds Art Gallery UK

1996 
Homage à Moholy-Nagy Làszlo - Hungarian Museum of Photography, Kecske-met, Hungary
Leeds Artist’s Show - Leeds Art Gallery UK
18 x 24 - 10 Galeria de La Bibliotheque, Maison Pourtons ‘Gustave Ansart’, Haulchin, France
Marie du Vieux - Place Louise de Bettignies, Vieux-Lille, France 
Echevinage - Grand Place de Saint-Amand-Les-Eaux, France


1995 
Leeds Artist’s Show - Leeds Art Gallery UK
Sculptor’s Drawings - John Hansard Gallery, Southampton UK

1994/5 Sculptor’s Drawings - Cornerhouse, Manchester UK

1993 
Declarations of War: Contemporary Art from The Imperial War Museum - Kettle’s yard, Cambridge UK
Four Centuries of Sculptors Drawings from the Collection of Leeds City Art Galleries - Mistodrzitelsky Palace,Moravska Galerie, Bruno, Czechoslovakia
Bookies & Boxers (The Final Round) – The Manor House, Ilkley UK
Dixon Bates, Leeds UK
Frankfurt Book Fair, Germany

1992/3 The Bookmaker - Elizabethan Gallery, Wakefield & Birmingham Central Library UK

1991 6th Yorkshire Arts Biennial - Scarborough Art Gallery UK

1989 
Exchanges - Kunstlerhaus, Dortmund, Germany
Invisible Cities - Leeds Art Gallery UK
Art 92 - Brahm Gallery, Leeds UK

1987 Winners Exhibition Showcase Summer 87 - Elizabethan Gallery, Wakefield UK

1986 
Freedom to Touch - Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle & Cartwright Hall, Bradford UK
Surrealism Surveyed: Responses to an Exhibition - Leeds Art Gallery UK

1985 Whitworth Young Contemporaries – Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester UK

1984 New Contemporaries – ICA, London UK

Residencies

2016 &model Gallery, Leeds, UK.