April and May

Julian Hooper, Artist

This is one of the paintings in our collection. It was made in New Zealand in 1999.
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Object Detail

1680 x 1220mm
oil on canvas
Through an extended series of line drawings Julian searches for images hinting at a hidden symbolism. Amongst a wide range of subject matter are several recurrent motifs which, he says ‘get beneath the surface of my life’. These include aeroplanes, time pieces, horizon lines, buildings, suns and lips.
After projecting these evocative drawings onto pre-painted canvases he meticulously paints them onto the canvas using pencil-thin brushes, thus ensuring the character and fluidity of the original drawings is retained. The most radical works are devoid of extraneous detail – simple figurative motifs floating in a minimalist ground (or should that be sky?). Even colour is pared back to whites, creamy yellows and cool greys.
- Paul Rayner, from introduction to Hoopers post-residency exhibition entitled 'May', 1999.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Tylee Residency exhange, 1999
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
05 Jul 1999



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