oil on canvas
signed and dated ‘89
16.75 ins x 54.5 ins; 41.9 cms x 137.2 cms
“My thinking is that a single feature is more of an icon. In other words, it can’t exist on its own; it needs a dialogue with the viewer to interact, to be projected upon. It’s not like a picture of people talking. We are invisible to the people in the painting. With the icon, it’s always interactive.”
Tom Hopkin’s unconventional still-life, with its solitary and tropical subject, beckons the viewer to interpret and explore. The experience of the painting, Hopkins stresses, depends on one’s experiences in life. The mango is wholly personal: soft or unripened, vibrant or two-toned, illuminated or in shadow, the subject or an intruder, stale or sweet and succulent.
Tom Hopkins: New Paintings, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, 1997, page 6, the artist in conversation with Guido Molinari.
The Drabinsky Gallery, Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto