Returning by Georgia Hopkins
Exhibition extended until 14th January 2012
“Returning” is an exhibition of works by local artist Georgia Hopkins. The paintings are atmospheric seascapes and landscapes inspired by the natural beauty of Cork and West Kerry.
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(Please note: a percentage of proceeds from this exhibition will be donated to local animal charities: Cat Action Trust, Dog Action Welfare Group, & The Donkey Sanctuary.)
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Georgia Hopkins was born in the U.S., in Savannah, GA., and during her childhood was moved to Ireland, living in Co.Kerry and Co.Louth. After studying in Belfast, Georgia moved to Cork, where she has found her spiritual home, and has lived for nearly 20 years. Georgia is a self-taught artist, and has been exhibiting her work publicly since 1998. She has completed five residencies at the Cill Rialaig Artists Centre, and her work is strongly focused on the power of the natural world. Georgia’s work has been exhibited in Ireland and abroad, and is represented in private collections nationally and internationally.
‘My paintings are all essentially atmospheric, meditative pieces. They tend towards seascapes, landscapes or abstracts, they are small in scale, and are all painted in water-based media, primarily gouache and watercolour.
Mood, light, water and nature are the recurring themes and inspiration points in all of my work, the choice of water-based medium allowing the intensity of colour to co-exist with an ethereal quality of moments caught in time.
The intention is that viewing the works is at once a calming and uplifting experience. All of my paintings are imbued with the powerful nature that inspired them, and to spend a while before them is, hopefully, to be drawn to a place both within and beyond the works themselves.’
EXHIBITED WORK (Selection)
2011: ‘Returning’, Solo exhibition, Alliance Française de Cork Gallery
2008: ‘The Other Side’, Solo exhibition (abstracts), University College, Cork
2008: ‘A Good Place’, Solo exhib (seascapes & landscapes), Bishopstown Library Gallery, Cork
2007: ‘The Light’, Solo Exhibition, Cill Rialaig Arts Centre Gallery, Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry
2003-2006: The People’s Gallery, Cork
2000-2010: Jacobs On The Mall, Cork
2002: ‘The Power of One’, Solo exhib, Bank of Ireland Arts Centre, Dublin
2001: ‘Quiet Moments’,Solo exhib, Alliance Francaise Gallery, Mary St., Cork
2001: ‘Kerry On My Mind’, Solo exhibition, Cill Rialaig Arts Centre Gallery, Co. Kerry
2000: ‘Art Trail’, Tig Fili, MacCurtain St., Cork
2000: Christmas Show, The Lavit Gallery, Fr. Matthew St., Cork
1999: ‘Recent Works’ – Solo exhibition, AIB Bank, 67 Patrick Street, Cork
1999, 2000: Vangard Gallery, Carey’s Lane, Cork (Stock)
1999: ‘Art Trail’ Group Exhibition, Tig Fili, MacCurtain Street, Cork
1998-1999: Phyllis Weil Gallery, Park Avenue, New York
1998: Leinster Gallery, Frederick Street, Dublin.
1998: ‘Recent Works’ – Bodega, Cornmarket St., Cork
1998: ‘Sight Unseen’ – Solo exhibition, Alliance Française, Mary Street, Cork
1998: ‘New Generations’ Selected Exhibition, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork
Cill Rialaig Arts Project (five residencies: 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2009)
I chose ‘Returning’ as a title for a number of reasons. Initially it was a literal, working title, as I would be returning to the lovely Alliance Franҫaise de Cork gallery of my first solo exhibition. As I thought more about it however, this title resonated on a number of different levels.
The very fact of having this exhibition necessitated my own returning: to the painting process, to the quietness of mind that that both allows & demands, and to my enduring source of inspiration, which is the wonder and beauty of the natural world. It is always a great pleasure to return to my inner connection with nature, to the universal energy, to the place in us all that makes us both unique in spirit yet connected with everything and everyone else.
From another angle, I see this now as a universal time of ‘returning’. I believe that our society is at a pivotal point, and that much of the way forward will involve a returning to traditional wisdom, to a stronger community-based approach to living, and to the core values and needs shared by all. Love and kindness are essential of course, and are hugely powerful forces. In keeping with the deep respect for nature that is behind all of my paintings, and being a life-long animal lover, I decided that this exhibition might also serve another purpose; to offer an opportunity to help and support some hardworking, invaluable local animal charities: The Cat Action Trust (C.A.T.), Dog Action Welfare Group (D.A.W.G.), and The Donkey Sanctuary. I hope that anyone who purchases a painting or print will be agreeable to a percentage being donated to these charities.
The works in Returning span a time period of several years, and people will see in these paintings a broad range of impressions, places, feelings, and points of inspiration. With all my work, whether landscape, seascape, abstract or expressionist, my starting points are always mood and colour, followed by form and composition. What I try to capture is a certain vitality, a natural, numinous energy, and to offer a glimpse of what is at play beneath the surface, beyond the horizon, and past the veneer of superficial reality. I hope when visiting you will be able to spend a little time with the works you like, and that you might find yourself sharing in the sense of wonder that inspired them. – GEORGIA HOPKINS