Hopper’s Passing

Hopper's Passing

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Hopper’s Passing

Oil over acrylic on canvas, 20” x 16”
Private collection

Third in a series of Depot paintings, Hopper’s Passing pays homage to the work of American artist Edward Hopper, who lived from 1882 to 1967.

Early in his career Edward Hopper had the same preoccupation as many of his American artist peers: he wanted to break with the tradition of European art. He wanted to create art that was truly American.

He painted lighthouses, cityscapes, highways and railroad crossings, and houses standing alone in the landscape. Sometimes he peopled his scenes with an isolated figure or two, but never more than that. His empty roads and wide skies speak of the freedom and mobility of American life.

Throughout his career, Hopper returned to the same themes again and again – landscapes and cityscapes, and in painting these commonplace subjects, he fully materialized his earliest wish. He became not just an American artist, but indeed the American artist.

To the end, Hopper avoided making any sweeping statements about his philosophy of American art. Fellow artist Andrew Wyeth met Hopper toward the end of Hopper’s life and reported his words as this: “Andy, I’ve decided the only thing that really interests me is the way the sun hits the wall.”

In painting Hopper’s Passing, I’ve tried to honor the spirit of the artist by stripping the Depot to its barest essentials: the building, the train tracks, and the sunlight hitting the roof.

In his own work, Hopper would have found these enough.


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