Gareth A Hopkins

These pages will be kept updated with forthcoming gallery shows and news on completed artwork.

Pages from my ongoing surreal/abstracted comic 'The Intercorstal' can be found here: The Intercorstal

My deviantart gallery, chock-full of my art, can be found here: grthink

Stories from my (old) walk to and from work can be found here: Trolleys In Odd Places

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

"Conversation" postcards 1-4

This is a photograph showing examples of the postcards that I've been working on for the last few weeks. There are various sets, this one entitled 'Conversation', as each postcard represents...well, a conversation.

I've got almost thirty postcards drawn up now, and I'm a little unsure of what to do with them. In the past I've done runs of postcards explicitly to send out as freebies to whoever wants them, and I might still do that. But I'd like to do something more with them.

And I'm not going to do much of anything with them until I've got my scanner working again, that's for certain.

Monday, 14 December 2009


Recently I've started a new blog with my friend Daryl Morris, called Colaboratay. The idea is that one of us starts a picture off, posts it to the blog, the other picks it up and adds to it, posts their new version up, and so on.

We've not been going very long, but it's produced some interesting ideas already, and as each project continues I think the ideas are going to get both more concrete and also more outlandish.

Here's the current stages of the two projects currently underway:
Unknown Stage 2, most recently worked on by me.

Zeal Stage 4, most recently worked on by Daryl.

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Mail Art exhibition

A few months ago I submitted three pictures (Number 1, Number 2 and Number 3 -- see below) to the Mail Art exhibition taking place in the Long Gallery at Glasgow's Tron Theatre. The show is taking place between the 12th and 30th January, with a private showing on the 11th (which I'd like to attend, but I doubt I'll be able to).

A limited edition of Mail Art One Zine is being produced by Susan Mortimer as part of the show, which will have at least one of my submissions in, maybe more.

Friday, 4 December 2009

Corridoring shortlisted for art prize (UPDATED)

UPDATED 8th Dec:
I didn't win. All the best to the person who did.

Corridoring, one of the pictures I'm most proud of, which I included in the Operation Concrete artbook and exhibition, has been nominated for the inaugral art prize, which I am very excited about.

It's been honored with a prize once before, when it was selected for a coveted 'Daily Deviation' at deviantart. Eventually, it will also be seen in the short film it was created for, also called 'Corridoring' (it needs editing, which is hopefully going to be done by James Plumb)

Winners are being announced on 7th December, which is only four days away. I'd say 'Go Vote!' but it's not that sort of competition, and emails including votes for my work would probably just annoy the organisers because they're not accepting votes.

Operation Concrete (Update)

Well, Operation Concrete is done now -- I drove into London to pick up my work yesterday. Although I didn't sell anything, the feedback I got was tremendous, especially from the drunk stragglers at the end of the launch night, because I could be pretty certain they weren't capable of bullshitting me. I've also learnt some pretty important lessons:
1) Framing is expensive, but worth doing right
2) Always have business cards on me
3) Always leave contact details at the gallery
4) If possible, when hanging other people's work, make sure it's the right way up... I think I may have hung one of Holly's watercolours upside down...
5) The sentence 'I was really into giraffes at the time' when used unexpectedly can mark you out as a freak.

Thanks have to go to Tori Treasure, without who I would have probably priced all my work at about a fiver. Also, her coverage of the night is excellent.

Here are some photos from the launch night of Operation Concrete, taken on my trusty N93.

Part of my section, with 'Corridoring' sat on the floor, waiting for the frame to re-set after it fell off the wall.

The 'Anger' section, featuring my picture 'Mist Of Blood And Rage', a sound pod which played 'Germany Germany' by Rue The Day and the exceprt from the novel that both the picture and image were based on.

Benjamin Phillips sat in front of Bill Talbot's work.

Some of Benjamin's work -- unfortunately, someone came in during one night of the exhibit and lifted one of his etchings, which is shocking.

Richard Galbraith, reading from 'Concrete Operational'.

Jack Clothier, of Alcopop Records, reading from 'Concrete Operational'

My friend Kathryn and I, posing infront of 'Corridoring' at the request of a wonderful, if slightly inebriated, stranger. The other works I had up were: 'Mountain, Sea', 'No Cure For The Overkill' and four pages from my comic 'The Intercorstal'.