HENRY HOPE

HENRY HOPE-

I was born and raised in rural South Canterbury. Brought up on a farm in the South Island foothills. I studied graphic design in Christchurch and then went on to study fine art at the Byam Shaw School of Art ,London. Upon returning to New Zealand in the early 1980's I took up farming for a time but was always painting in my spare time. I began painting landscapes full time in the late 1980's always in oils on canvas or board. In 1990 I won the Birkenhead Art Award at the Auckland Society of Arts. In the 1990's several of my paintings were featured by the Giesen brothers on their wine labels. My main artistic influences have been, locally: my grandmother Esther Hope the well known watercolourist, Austen Deans and Sydney Thompson. Other influences are: the American Impressionists, the Australian Impressionists of the Heidelburg School, and more recent Australian artists Sydney Nolan, Arthur Boyd and Fred Williams. Also the French Impressionists and the English artists Sir Alfred Munnings and John Singer Sargeant.I currently live in Christchurch and continue to paint and exhibit regularly.

I endevour to be as colouristic as I can when painting as I try to accentuate the myriad colours that are a feature of the New Zealand bush, mountains and plains, and at some point I see myself perhaps crossing over to a more Expressionistic approach where the colours and the drawing becomes more arbitrary and less directly representational. This may not ever happen however as I find it hard to break free of my copyistic shackles.