Phill Hopkins - Generation Loss

Phill Hopkins will be joined by James Moore in ‘Generation Loss’
at Paper Gallery, showing 12 new ‘Syrian’ paintings.

Private view night Thursday 16 April 18:00 – 21:00
Exhibition dates 18 April – 30 May 2015
Gallery open 11:00 – 17:00 Saturdays

Unit 12 Mirabel Studios
14-20 Mirabel Street
Manchester M3 1PJ

Phill Hopkins writes,
“I can’t think of a time when my work wasn’t influenced by news stories and world events around me. The work that I’m making at this time reminds me of the work I made in my late teens, when Thatcher and Reagan were in power. I have a big appetite for collecting images from the news. In the past I used physical scrapbooks, but now, I collect digital images on my laptop. I am interested in how we process images, often of war and conflict, in a domestic setting; trying to make sense of how we encounter, question and then attempt to make some sort of response.
The works included in ‘Generation Loss’ have been made with reference to the current conflict in Syria, drawing upon images that I have gathered from various media sources, many in Syria itself. My response to these images and others like them, is one of utter unbelievable horror. The destruction is completely beyond my understanding. I am fascinated with unraveling images that come to me via the intermediary that is my radio, TV and laptop.

The materials I use are, in general, very ordinary; my supplies come from Wilko's and the things that I find as I'm going about. I am interested in how to depict a 'foreign' image with every day materials and in my domestic setting. One of the things that grabs me are the clear blue skies that we see in many of the images above the destruction in Syria; this is the very same sky blue that I find in a holiday brochure; that's a good dichotomy for me”