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 15 years I’ve been working on new work I call Modern Landscape

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 many 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, 2017


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