Janette K. Hopper

Growing up and pursuing her education in the Northwest, Janette K. Hopper received her MFA at University of Oregon, and currently is a Professor at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Her work has been shown extensively in major museums, colleges and universities and in private galleries. Solo exhibits include Wesleyan University, Rocky Mount, NC, Bellamy House Mansion, Wilmington, NC, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Wa, the Maryhill Museum of Art, Maryhill Wa and the Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle, Wa. She has works in the following permanent collections: The Washington and Oregon State Arts Commission, the City of Mannheim in Germany, Gonzaga University, Spokane, Wa, The National Park Service, Ludwigsburg Education University, Ludwigsburg, Germany and the Marselisborg Gymnaseum in Denmark.

During her 1991-92 Fulbright in Denmark, she began to have European one-person exhibits starting in Copenhagen with a grant from Danish Fulbright. She has continued through the present, exhibiting in art centers and galleries in Denmark as a member of Paleur International, and independently in Germany, France and Italy. Her Pyrenees series of landscapes were shown in Bordeaux, France. Her landscape paintings were included in a Fulbright juried retrospective in Washington, DC and with New York artists in the Lincoln Center and in many other juried exhibitions. On Sabbatical Leave, she painted and exhibited the Neckar River Series in Germany.

Recently she presented her work at Monash University in Prato, Tuscany, Italy, at the Ludwigsburg Education University, Ludwigsburg, Germany, the Chapel Hill, NC Town Hall, the Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC and The Kress Gallery, Spokane, Wa.; During 2007 one of her linoleum prints was accepted into the International German Linoleum cut Exhibit, Linolschnitt Heute VII, Stadtische Galerie Bietigheim-Bissingen and another one in “Paper Politics.” Exposition D’Art, Montreal, Canada.  She also produced a body of work for the National Park Service during an Art Residency in Stehekin, Wa and participated in the No Boundaries International Art Colony in NC.

Artist Statement

My creative impulses center on the environment and primal memories of the land. The landscapes are universal and global as are my concerns for our relationships with each other and with our universe. Questions are asked in the images, which arouse anger, joy, indifference and passion as experienced by the viewer.

I feel an instant heartfelt affinity with the sky, water, and luxuriant growth of the landscape wherever I am. When I paint, it‘s the space, light, rhythm and color that involves me.

Even though I am on location painting and sketching rapidly, I find changes happen so quickly that I must paint from my memory of the relationships that already don’t exist and try not to be too distracted by the new developing possibilities. I work in my studio using my imagination and memory to create an expressive view that could never be captured by a photograph. Gesture and movement and mark-making contribute to my goal which is to establish a personal statement in a variety of media.

- Janette K. Hopper


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