Budd Hopkins (1931-2011). Abstract, 1968. Oil on canvas, 52 x 71 inches; 54 x 73 inches framed. Signed and dated lower margin. Provenance: Timothy Collins (1940-2017), Palo Alto, CA.
Birth place: Wheeling, WV
Studied: Oberlin College (B.A., 1953); Columbia Univ., 1953-54, with Meyer Schapiro.
Exhibited: WMAA, 1958-72 (5 annuals); Festival Two Worlds, Spoleto, Italy, 1958; “Young America,” WMAA, Baltimore Mus. Art, St. Louis Art Mus. & others, 1960; Allen Mem. Art Mus., 1957 (Three Young Americans); PAFA, 1964; Yale Univ. Art Gal., 1967 (Benjamin Collection); “Young New England Painters,” Ringling Mus. Art, Portland Mus. Art & Currier Gal., 1969; William Zierler Gal., NYC, 1970s
Member: Provincetown AA (hon. vice-pres., 1968-70).
Work: WMAA; Guggenheim Mus.; SFMA; Hirshhorn Coll., Wash., DC; Williams College Mus., MA. Commissions: oil painting, West Virginia State Humanities Council, 1972.
Comments: Hard-edge abstract minmalist painter active in Provincetown, MA, 1956-70s. Preferred media: oils, acrylics. Contributor: “First Person Singular,” Art Gallery April, 1972; co-auth., “Concept vs. Art Object,” Arts April, 1972. Teaching: docent, MoMA.
Born in 1931, he is a graduate of Linsly Military Institute (now Linsly School) in 1949 and Oberlin College in 1953. He first displayed artistic abilities when, as a child recovering from a long-term illness, he began to create sculptures of ships made out of modeling clay. But it wasn't until he arrive at Oberlin that he made a serious study of art.
He settled in New York after obtaining his degree and has had a residence there ever since. He and his wife, April Kingsley, and their daughter, Grace, divide their time between their home at Cape Cod, Mass., and that in New York City.
In his work, he travels widely. He has exhibited in England, Finland, Italy and Switzerland.
In 1963, Hopkins was selected by the Columbia Broadcasting System as one of the 15 painters featured in the network's first television special on American art. In 1958, Art News picked him as one of 12 Americans for exhibition in Spoleto, Italy, in the "Festival of Two Worlds."
His brilliance has won him a humber of fellowships and awards. In 1972, the West Virginia Arts and Humanities Council awarded him its Commission Prize. In 1976, he received the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for Painting and in '79 he received a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts. He also won a special project grant from the New York State Council on the Arts in 1982.
Hopkins' work has appeared in many exhibitions across the country and he is represented in many important private and corporate collections around the nation.
His art has been featured in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Bronx Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Whitney Museum, Corcoran Gallery, Guggenheim Museum, Queens Museum in New York, and the Public Library of New York.
Across the United States, it has been seen in the Smithsonian Institution and the Library Congress in Washington, D. C.; the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and the San Francisco Museum, among others.
Universities and Colleges which have shown Hopkins paintings and sculpture include his alma mater, Oberlin; Princeton, Yale, Denison, Drew, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, DePauw, Williams, Brandeis, Middlebury, North Carolina, Michigan State, Reed, Bradford, Connecticut, Alabama, Bennington, and the City College of New York,