Untitled (Absinthe and India lnk) c.2003
Trevor Hoppen (Born 1960)
gouache and ink on paper
38 x 57cm
signed lower right
0419 540 162
Trevor Hoppen is a composer of the expressionist style familiar to the 1930's & 40's. His bold and full-colour, expressionistic paintings are reminiscent of a bygone era when abstraction was experimental. This painting was done around the time of his ‘Absinthe and India lnk’ exhibition. The exhibition noted how for ages artists have been painting with poison: cadmium, cobalt, lead and copper oxide. Absinthe is a mouth numbing, neurotoxic potion which is not only a hallucinogen but a potent aphrodisia.
Kaleidoscopes often feature in Hoppen’s work. “…someone said to me, "It's all about scopes for you, the eye-piece…they have been an on-going theme in my work…I am influenced by Kandinsky and my peers’’ Trevor Hoppen.
Trevor Hoppen was born in Ringwood, Melbourne. In 1981 he completed a Diploma of Fine Art at Prahran College of Advanced Education. In 1982 he was part of the opening group exhibition at ‘Roar’ studios in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne. The name ROAR, involved a stylistic pun ‘Roar’ & ‘raw’ emphasizing that the work produced was ‘raw’ with youth and energy. The group aimed to revive expressionism. Their technique involved building up paint, primitive, bright colours, rather than consciously designing the painting.