The Hopper Season 25

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The Kings hotel no more and others from the Hopper Season.

THE HOPPER OF SOUTH WALES

25 years ago I produced possibly my finest set of visual work. The Hopper Season commenced in May 1995 and eventually comprised 52 images drawn between then and December.

In short the idea was if Edward Hopper had been alive in South Wales at that time, what would he have made of the local landscape, cities and characters? I found it surprisingly easy to assimilate in that Newport (where the bulk of the work was carried out) has a strange kinship with New York and northeastern America. Some of the images (such as now defunct restaurant The Louis on St Mary Street) were from neighbouring capital Cardiff.

Ironically, as my starting point was from a photo from which to draw, only digital images remain as THS and all of my visual work proved difficult to sell and was both heavy and expensive to lug around. Things change and if I were doing it these days I’d probably begin and end with photography.

*Unfortunately I had to say goodbye to my artworks as they were too heavy to lug around with me and no-one wanted to buy them. Sad but true.

PLAYLIST AND CREDITS

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PLAYLIST
Only Living Boy in New York – EBTG
Never Gonna Be the Same – Danny Wilson
Free Floating – Gary Clark
All Alone in the Big City – David and David
Maxine – Donald Fagen
Nightingales – Prefab Sprout
Jennifer She Said – Lloyd Cole & the Commotions