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Nicholas Hopwood

I am a self-taught painter, primarily working in oils on stretched canvas, living in rural Tasmania south of Hobart. In early 2020, prompted by the pandemic, I re-evaluated my life. I decided to quit working as a light vehicle mechanic, a job which I had done for many years, and dedicate myself to art, which I believe is my true calling. Now working full-time in the studio, my only regret is that I didn’t have the courage to make the necessary changes much sooner.

Primarily a realist painter, my works lean heavily on classical figurative traditions, injected with somewhat grittier interpretations of subject and form. To my eye this give figurative paintings a greater approximation of what it is to be human. In the painting “Josephine Cutting Clouds” I explore themes of isolation and loneliness as seen in my daughter (Josephine), myself, family, and ultimately across all humanity. Universal human truths in trying times.

Nicholas Hopwood is a finalist and People’s Choice winner in the 2021 Henry Jones Art Prize.

Nicholas Hopwood

Nicholas Hopwood is a self taught realist oil painter, living and working in the Huon Valley / Tahun’e-linah, Tasmania / Lutruwita. Drawing inspiration from daily life in and around the Valley. Finding universal truths in the faces of loved ones, and in the objects surrounding him.

“I love paintings, for as long as I can remember I have loved paintings, for me there has always been a sense of wizardry and magic within them that directly touches my heart.

“I love to paint, I love the feel of brushing paint on canvas, of squeezing paint from the tube, love the smell of oil and solvent. I love the process and the outcome of making paintings.”