Julian Hooper’s paintings emerge out of highly reduced configurations
of abstract shapes and motifs. In recent works he transfers the
linear style of his drawings to painting, preferring simple
washes and the cream of unprimed canvas to the more intricate
and colourful layering of past work. Hooper also introduces an
element of collage, with pieces of painted canvas adhered to
the front and sides of the supports.
As with all of Hooper’s paintings, his new series draws from a deep
pool of art historical knowledge and local cultural references.
There are mofifs reminiscent of Cubism and Constructivism, as well as
designs indigenous to the pacific region. The paintings present
themselves as riddles that need to be carefully considered and
Julian Hooper (b.1966) has held over 20 solo exhibitions in
Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland and New York. In 2016 he featured
in Necessary Distraction, a survey of contemporary New Zealand
painting at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki. Hooper is
represented in the Queensland Art Gallery collection as well
as major collections throughout New Zealand including the
Chartwell and Wallace collections, Museum of New Zealand Te
Papa Tongarewa and the University of Auckland collection.