A popular Canadian painter, printmaker and educator, Tom Hopkins was born in Summerside, Prince Edward Island and died in Montreal, Quebec, which had been his home since the early 1970s.
His mediums included oil, gouache*, ink, etching*, aquatint*, drypoint*, charcoal, pastel and mixed mediums. His subjects were landscapes, shorelines, still lifes, nudes, portraits, figures, boats, city views, symbolism*, dreams, allegory*, social commentary, shape, color and texture. His style was Surrealism*. His most well-known works are large format oils depicting romantic surreal landscapes or shorelines. Good examples of this are the AskART illustrations titled Retrieval and Nocturne.
Hopkins art education includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick (1970) and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Concordia University, Montreal (1987). Hopkins taught at Loyola College [now part of Concordia University], Montreal (1972 - 1976); McGill University, Montreal (1980 - 1983); Dawson College, Montreal (1982 - 1987); and at Concordia University, Montreal (1983 - 1997). He has also conducted workshops throughout Canada and the United States and is considered an important mentor by many artists.
Hopkins' works have been included in numerous public venue group exhibitions such as the "2nd Biennale de Quebec", Centre Saidye Bronfman, Montreal, Quebec (1979); "3rd Biennale de Quebec", Centre Saidye Bronfman, Montreal, Quebec (1981); "New Montreal Painting", University of New Brunswick, St. John, N.B. (1984); "The Romantic Landscape Now", Tom Thompson Memorial Art Gallery, Owen Sound, Ontario and The McMichael Canadian Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario (also touring 1986 - 1987); "Telltale: Restructured Narration in Contemporary Canadian Art", University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta (1992); "Selections from the Collection of Nissan Canada", Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, Ontario (1992); "Art Actuel: Selections from the Permanent Collection", Quebec Museum of Fine Arts, Quebec City (1992); "Hidden Values - Atlantic Corporations Collect, Revealing the Art of Business", Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia (1994); "Defining the Portrait", Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University, Montreal (2001); "Made in Canada", Plattsburg Art Museum, University of Plattsburg, New York (2001); "Transforming Presence: The Landscape of the Spirit", Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (2003); "Writing on the Wall", Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, New Brunswick (2004); "New Brunswick Collects", Beaverbrook Art Gallery (2007); "The Big Gift", Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta (2008); and "As much as possible given the time and space allotted", Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University, Montreal (2009).
Hopkins' works have also been shown in many group and solo exhibitions at prominent commercial galleries in Canada and the USA including the Galerie Michel Guimont, Québec City; Philippe Daverio Gallery, New York, NY; Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal; Virginia Miller Galleries, Coral Gables, Florida; Elaine Baker Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida; Anne Doran Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario; Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto; Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto; Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary; and Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
The public venues for Hopkins' solo exhibitions include the Anna Leonowens Art Gallery, Halifax (1984); Concordia University Art Gallery, Montréal (1987); Hart House, University of Toronto (1996); the Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, Florida (2000); and the Sherbrooke Museum of Fine Arts, Sherbrooke, Quebec (2008). In 1991, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia hosted a ten-year retrospective of Hopkins' work titled "Narration of Icon".
Hopkins' works are frequently traded on the Canadian auction market, they are in numerous private and corporate collections, and examples of it are in several Canadian museum collections.
According to the Canadian Heritage Information Network* and individual museum websites, there are Tom Hopkins works in the permanent collections of the Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton), Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (Halifax), Beaverbrook Art Gallery (Fredericton, New Brunswick), La Pulperie (Chicoutimi, Quebec), Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery (Concordia University, Montreal), Mendel Art Gallery (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan), Quebec Museum of Fine Arts (Quebec City), the Sherbrooke Museum of Fine Arts (Quebec), and the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery (Lethbridge, Alberta).
Among Hopkins numerous awards and honors are Canada Council* Grants in 1976, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1990, 1995, 1998 and 2003. He is listed in the Biographical Index of Artists in Canada (2003); The Collector's Dictionary of Canadian Artists at Auction (2001); and there is a sizable entry for him in every edition of Canadian Who's Who from 1991 to 2010.
The Collector's Dictionary of Canadian Artists at Auction (2001), by Anthony R. Westbridge and Diana L. Bodnar (see AskART book references)
Canadian Who's Who - 2010 (2010), edited by Elizabeth Lumley (see AskART book references)
Canadian Who's Who - 1991 (1991), edited by Kieran Simpson (see AskART book references)
Tom Hopkins: The Narration of Icon (1991), by David G. Burnett (see AskART book references)
Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, New Brunswick (website)
Equinox Gallery, Vancouver (website)
Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal (website)
Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto (website)
Obituary - Journal Pioneer, Summerside, January 26th, 2011
Obituary - The Globe and Mail, Toronto, Thursday January 27, 2011
Obituary - The Montreal Gazette, Montreal, January 27, 2011
Obituary - The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, Nova Scotia, January 28th, 2011