Biography

Temple of Heaven, 2015





 "I see my work as operating 
like "feedback loops" between myself 
and life as a creative journey."


—Robert M. Hopkins
“Portfolio”, Elan Magazine, 1990.

Overview


Robert M. Hopkins is an American artist, currently living in Beijing, China. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Hopkins grew up in Davis, California and received his formal art training in Southern California. In graduate school, his art focused on "wall constructions" that explored the sculptural terrain between shapes and painting. His M.A. show was comprised of wall constructions and collages, entitled Shifting Fragments. His M.F.A. show presented Secular Templates, a more industrial approach to wall constructions.


After receiving his M.F.A. from Claremont Graduate University in 1990, he moved to downtown Los Angeles, where he lived and worked before moving to Beijing, China in 2004.


"‘Sparks of chaos’ for some people may actually 
be ‘sparks of creativity’ for others. For myself, there is 
no such thing as ‘chaos’ — only ‘creative chaos’."


—Robert M. Hopkins


Studio Portrait, 2004
Los Angeles

In downtown Los Angeles, Hopkins pursued a reductive approach to art making, using raw sheets of door skin for floor and wall sculptures, Door Skin Sculptures. He also experimented with various "process art" approaches, Process-Work Series, before focusing on wall sculptures that utilized rust-stained canvas stretched over wood-ribbed forms, Rust-Stained Series. Eventually, he incorporated colored fabric into his work, Heterosis Series and his wood-ribbed forms evolved into twisting loops, inspired by notions of circadian rhythms, Circadian Loops. Arranged in scattered clusters on the wall, they suggested figurative forms in gymnast-like movement.


  "The wider your orbit in life, 

the wider your understanding of life."


—Robert M. Hopkins


Studio Portrait, 2017

Beijing 


In 2004, Hopkins moved to China, inspired by finding romance in Beijing and discovering a new culture. During an initial period of assimilation, Hopkins produced a series of drawings, entitled Sketchbook Studies. Eventually, his new works on paper, Blind Insights, emerged with a collage approach that integrated his previous explorations of wall sculptures. 


Hopkins’s work continues to grow, with an evolving interest in circadian movement and contemplation. In addition to Blind Insights, his current body of work also includes drawings, Inner Navigations, and watercolors, Cornucopia.