Artist's Statement

I believe that a forceful quality in art, truly representative of our modern times, will rise above the labels of abstraction and realism. 

Richard Diebenkorn

Over the past 18 years I’ve been working on a variety of new work. 

Drawn from my experience in the natural world, this work reflects my take on a contemporary art aesthetic; utilizing traditional drawing and painting methods to create a personal interpretation of my world.

This aesthetic allows for abstraction and ambiguity, providing the viewer with an opportunity to participate in each work. A visceral connection is made between the artist and the viewer through the physical medium of paint. I love paint…

This relationship, between the artist and the observer of the work, is of great importance to me, I see it well represented in the work that I admire, and strive for it in the work I produce.

My influences are varied including: Richard Diebenkorn, Andy Goldsworthy, Georgio Morandi and Wayne Thiebaud. They all espoused a  belief that the work is everything…

•  It asks… and then (on occasion) answers our questions...

•  It reflects the past, keeps us in the moment and leads us into the future…

•  It exposes our mortality and yet hints at immortality…

•  The work is everything…


Fredric W. Hope, 2019


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