Canadian Art Select

June 1318, 2020
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LOT 28

Lot 28


Lot 28 Details


oil on canvas
signed; signed, titled, and dated on the reverse
48 x 90.5 in — 121.9 x 229.9 cm

Estimate $4,000-$5,000

Realised: $3,000
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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Private Collection, California


Montreal artist Tom Hopkins was an exemplary painter whose style is instantly recognizable with its rich, surreal backgrounds, highly contrasted areas of light and dark and jewel-like palette. His work was inspired by metaphors, symbols, references to historical art, humour and his personal observations and musings on life. Known for his shorelines, boats, still-lifes, portraits and cityscapes, Hopkins’ subjects are otherworldly and seem to emanate a dreamlike light sourced from within. He was also a highly respected teacher and mentor at McGill and Concordia Universities, shaping the lives and work of many of Canada’s prominent contemporary artists.

Born in Summerside, P.E.I., Hopkins studied at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick and obtained his Master of Fine Arts degree at Concordia University in Montreal. He taught art at Concordia from 1983-1997, inspiring numerous notable Canadian artists. Hopkins died in 2011 at the age of 66.


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LOT 28

About Condition Ratings

  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
  • 4 Stars: Very Good - Minor flaws or imperfections visible only under close inspection using specialised instruments or black light
  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
  • 2 Stars: Fair - Exhibits flaws or damage that may draw the eye under standard lighting
  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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