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Brian Carew-Hopkins

Brian Carew-Hopkins

I love making art. Mostly I love the scary journey of not knowing where I am going, then the wonderful surprise of it meaning something in the end. Art with gestalt.  I started as a self-taught teen making an unhappy mess, coveting the talent to do better. It’s what I still do. It’s what I will always do. That’s the art journey, after all. The opportunity to twist some never before twisted door handle and peek into the unknown.

Brian Carew-Hopkins

Harvest Time. Circa 1990. Oil on canvas.

Speaking of twisting, here is a work I painted in 1990, by twisting the perspective I say, ‘what about me’. It won first prize in our local art show, which was the requirement for entry to the Perth Royal Show in those days. That’s a lifetime ago, but it stands as the only competition I have ever entered bar one. After then my career took hold.  For the next Twenty years I rode the Asian dragons through the dot com boom and bust, then got a normal job as we began raising our family. Disaster struck in my mid 40’s, and for 8 long years I was too ill to work. I am deeply thankful to my wife and children for getting us through it.  In recovery, I began painting again. My first solo exhibition in 2014 was the scariest thing I have ever done. I have done harder, but not scarier. Why? I do not know. I guess I was used to hiding in a suit.

Brian Carew-Hopkins

Munjina Gorge. 2014. Oil on stretched canvas. 100cm * 100 cm

At the exhibition I used QR codes to link videos with each artwork. With strong sales, including to our local member of parliament and a Perth identity, the night was a thrill. But that was not the best thing. The biggest thrill was the door handle I twisted that very night.  Six years later I am launching VooGlue (magically gluing), a mobile app that turns an artwork into a QR code, then glues multimedia to it. My audience watches multimedia simply by pointing their phone at my artwork, purchasing becomes but a single tap. Its new and exciting. Partners and collaborators are joining the project and new friends are sought. Call me to collaborate.

Brian Carew-Hopkins

Chain Gang, 2020. Mixed Multimedia on Canvas. 30cm x 40 cm

Now my art uses VooGlue as I break open my canvas to tell ‘story’ with multimedia. Viewing the multimedia is designed for originals so I invite you to visit my home studio display, at 55 Robinson St Nedlands. Yes, do come on over. I’ll put the kettle on. Call me on 0408807190.