Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Synthesis - Minimalism with Expression (Non-objective Paintings)

I earned a BFA in Sculpture at the University of Alabama in 2004. I started painting seriously in 2004, and my concerns in painting are the same as they were in sculpture. I start with a minimal look, and then tweak it to provide expression. Rothko and Anish Kapoor have influenced my work. I am using color as expression. Many of my canvases are 3D; I like to respond to an actual shape (other than a flat canvas) with paint.

My earlier works are sculptures.  Click on older dates under Archives to access the images.  They include "Red Tide," a monumental sculpture on the campus of UAB (University of Alabama at Birmingham), Birmingham, AL.

My email address is:  hopkins.martha@att.net

Friday, June 20, 2014


My sculpture Square Study, 32" x 32" x 32", Welded and Painted Steel Tubing, is now in the collection of the Eastern Shore Art Center at Fairhope, AL, and installed in their sculpture garden.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

"Pink Moire" Chosen for Exhibition "Contained" in Chicago


"Pink Moire," my 24" x 24" x 3" shaped acrylic painting, was chosen for the exhibition "Contained," to be held at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, Illinois, from July 11 to August 21, 2014.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Art Around Alabama, Meridian Museum of Art, Meridian, MS, Feb. 22 - March 29, 2014



My work was represented in this invitational show with this prestigious group of Alabama artists:
Kay Vinson, Palo Pallas, Beverly Leach, Michael Swann, Pam Truitt, and Deb Paradise
Shown above are:  Pink Moire, Corinthian White, In your Eyes, and Hint of Mint.

"Red Arrow" Chosen for Equilibrium, a National Exhibition in Chicago



My painting “Red Arrow” is one of 42 chosen out of 581 entries for the national exhibition “Equilibrium – Art for a Changing World,” seeking to explore the tensiions, demands and challenges inherent in living in a rapidly changing world, at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, IL. From Jan. 17 to Feb. 27, 2014, Acrylic and powdered pigment on shaped canvas, 18” x 16” x 3”.

Friday, August 02, 2013

The Story of the Creative NY Exhibition

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

"The Story of the Creative" NYC Exhibition


"Nine" and other works of mine will be shown at the exhibtion "The Story of the Creative" in NYC.
Click on invitation below.

http://artistswanted.tumblr.com/post/54034821255/the-story-of-the-creative-the-creative-force

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

"Small Steps" Chosen for Exhibition Catalog for "Stories We Tell"


"Stories We Tell' is a national juried exhibition, part of The Feminist Project.  The juror for this NYC show at Phoenix Gallery, is Jessica Porter, owner of Porter Contemporary, an art gallery in Chelsea.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

"Woman in a Bottle" at Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts



"Woman in a Bottle" in situ at Montgomery Art Guild Museum Exhibition.

Saturday, April 06, 2013

"Woman in a Bottle" Wins Award in Montgomery Museum of Arts MAG Juried Exhibition 2013




Detail of "Woman in a Bottle"


Acrylic on Shaped Canvas, 5' x 18" x 6"

This painting won the MAGA (Montgomery Art Gallery Association) Award.




Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Video of Opening Reception of "Bound", NYC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=st_sfaSmgtk

Here is a video of the opening reception Feb. 16, 2013 at Phoenix Gallery, NYC, of the exhibition "Bound."

I am standing in the background all in black, talking to my friend with long blonde hair.  My painting "Corinthian White" is shown in closeup (see description below on this blog).

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Exhibition "Bound" at Phoenix Gallery, NYC


With my painting "Corinthian White"


Monday, December 03, 2012

Artist Statement (Answer to a Viewer)


In answer to a viewer who said upon viewing "Corinthian White," he "sees 4 nipples and that he doesn't get it" my answer was the following:

Well, the viewer sees what he/she sees. And that is fine. To me, this is a non-objective construction dealing with the questrions "What is a painting?" and "How can I deal with paint in a minimal way but with expression?". I am interested in combining 2D with 3D. My last series dealt with the grid -  very symetrical, as I am interested in geometrical configurations, and now I am going "off the grid." The work is not an answer, but a search. That is the message.

It is my personal preference to look at a non-objective (or abstract) painting and wonder about it and think about it and stretch my mind, and see something different every time I see it - than to see a realistic painting and "get it" right away, never needing to look at it again.   

Friday, November 30, 2012

"Corinthian White" is chosen for exhibition "Bound," Phoenix Gallery, NYC



"Corinthian White", Acrylic on Shaped Canvas, " 24" x 24" x 3", has been chosen for the exhibition "Bound" to be shown at Phoenix Gallery, NY, NY, from Jan. 30 to Feb. 23.  Juror is Cora Rosevear, Associate Curator at MOMA.


Friday, November 02, 2012

"Shape and Color," Martha Hopkins & Sandra Rice, Kentuck Gallery, Tuscaloosa, AL

During November 2012, an Exhibition of Paintings by Martha Hopkins and 
Clay Sculpture by Sandra Rice

Double click on pics to enlarge.









Saturday, October 20, 2012

"Off the Grid" Series in Off Whites, Acrylic on Shaped Canvas, 24" x 24" x 3"

""Corinthian White"




"In Your Eyes"




"Hint of Mint"




"Pink Moire"





Thursday, October 04, 2012

"Organic Fence," Unglazed Ceramic, 3' x 20' x 3", Installed on Univ. of AL Campus 2004


Monday, October 01, 2012

"Night Sky" (Diptych), Acrylic and Coal Dust on Shaped Canvas, 47" x 34" x 3"


Friday, September 28, 2012

"Contemporary Women Artists" Exhibition, St. Louis Univ. Museum of Art

http://www.wca-stl.org/wca-stl.org/View_catalog_artwork_Purchase_catalog_artwork.html

Look for my painting "Nine" chosen for this exhibition.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

"Water, Earth," Acrylic and Charcoal on Canvas, 12" x 12"


"Air, Earth," Acrylic and Charcoal on Canvas, 30" x 30"


"Fire, Earth," Acrylic and Charcoal on Canvas, 36" x 36"


Monday, September 24, 2012

"Flight" (4 Parts), Acrylic on Shaped Canvas, 21" x 21 x 1.5"


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Friday, September 21, 2012

"Spinner 2," Acrylic on Shaped Canvas on Board, 13"x 13" x 2"


"Diving Board," Acrylic on Shaped Canvas on Board, 14.5" x 13" x 2",



"Four Squares," Found Objects, Acrylic, Ink, and Charcoal on Canvas, 13" x 13" x 1.5"


Monday, August 20, 2012

http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Contemporary-Women-Artists-XVI---Longevity.html?soid=1110757552745&aid=egFzlk4Yd5k

Saturday, August 18, 2012

"Nine" Chosen for "Contemporary Women Artists" at St. Louis Univ. Museum of Art




"Contemporary Women Artists" is an international juried exhibition sponsored by Women's Caucus for Art to be held at the St. Louis University Museum of Art at St. Louis, MO, from August 24 to October 15, 2012.  The juror Barbara Buchanan won a Guggenheim Fellowship and has work at the Whitney Museum of American Art.


Monday, January 02, 2012

"One Wire" on Exhibit in Chicago


Here is my small piece "One Wire" (10" x 10" with one wire and 2 tacks) in the exhibition Bare Essentials: Minimalism in the 21st Century" at Woman Made Gallery in December 2011. "One Wire" is a bit dwarfed by surrounding works, but hey, it's surely minimal! Double click to enlarge photo.
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Bare Essentials: Minimalism in the 21st Century



My work "One Wire" was chosen to be included in this Chicago exhibition. Click on images to enlarge.
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