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 motifs 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 turned over. 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.