We are very sad to announce that Clyde died peacefully on Sunday 27th May 2018 with Marilyn at his side. He was one of our founder members, helping to set up A.P.T in 1995. We will miss his humour, friendship, banter and most of all his paintings.
Professor Clyde Hopkins 1946 – 2018
Clyde Hopkins, artist, teacher and I would say great humanist, has died in hospital aged 71.
I first met him, together with the painter Marilyn Hallam, in 1968 in the Fine Art Department at Reading University. They were a golden couple, with spectacular jive moves, perfected over the years. They married in 1969, settling in Lewisham in 1975, with long working weeks in St Leonard’s on Sea. Clyde was a Visiting Artist in many art-schools, becoming the first of our generation to take on a proper job in 1982 as Head of Painting, then of Fine Art, Winchester School of Art. From 1990-2006 he was Head of Painting at Chelsea College of Art and Design, retiring as Emeritus Professor, University of the Arts, London.
His students adored him. They knew he was a real artist, sensed his deep appreciation of the absurd, and in his company heard wit, wisdom, and piercingly perceptive advice, usually offered with a grin. I taught at many places alongside him, but it was at Chelsea that I fully understood his skill and tact at pulling together all the disparate strands that were emerging in art-schools at that time. He saw into us all, without our noticing it, and was gentle with whatever he found.
He always painted, with a kind of steady devotion. He loved books and music, and walking, was beautifully erudite, and although he had heroes, Miro, Braque, Matisse, and so on, he could spot anachronism and eccentricity a mile away, and make something of it. We were studio neighbours at Greenwich for twenty years, and through the partition in the summer months came the sounds of a Test Match, or Glenn Gould, or Brownie McGee. He was in those days making large, loosely painted, dark paintings, which were shown widely, including at the Serpentine and Hayward Galleries, to great acclaim. Very gradually these became flatter, crisper, brilliant in hue and with increasingly complex structures, in oil paint applied with obsessive enjoyment. By the time we moved to new studios in A.P.T, Deptford, in 1995, the intensity of his style was absolutely his own, and it became more rich and more extraordinary as the years went by. He leaves a large body of work to be seen and savoured, now and in the future.
Tributes have been flooding in from those who were taught by him, as well as from fellow artists, friends, and the very many who admire his paintings. He reduced us to tears of laughter with his mimicry and anarchic love of language, now we mourn his loss, and think of Marilyn, his painting soul-mate.
31 May 2018
The Guardian | Click here for Clyde's obituary
Oil on canvas
24" x 20"
Clyde Hopkins (1946-2018)
was a painter who worked in studios in South East London for
over thirty years; he was one of the group of artists that helped
to set up A.P.T in Deptford in the mid 90s.
His work has
been exhibited in solo and group shows in public galleries throughout
the UK including the Serpentine, the Hayward, the Whitechapel, the
Mappin, the Ikon, the Axiom, the Bede, Winchester, Salisbury Arts
Centre and the Arts Gallery London. He has also shown at the Royal
Academy and private galleries including Francis Graham-Dixon, Flowers
East, Martin Tinney, Cardiff, and Galeria Joan Prats New York.
In 2007 his work was included in 'Scratching the Surface' at Eton
Drawing Schools (with Francesca Simon, Stuart Geddes and Gary Wragg),
and in June 2008 in the RA Summer Exhibition and in an exhibition,
with Marilyn Hallam, in the Art into Hospitals scheme at the Conquest
Hospital, East Sussex.
London has published a number of editions of screen prints, and
has represented him at art fairs.
In 1980 he was
awarded the Mark Rothko Travelling Scholarship, and in 1998, the
He has worked
in many UK art colleges and universities, and from 1990 to 2006
was Head of Painting at Chelsea College of Art, from where he retired
as an Emeritus Professor. In 2007-08, he acted as the curator and
organiser of an exhibition celebrating painting at Chelsea, called
Same As It Ever Was' which contained the work of some fifty
artists, occupied three galleries and was accompanied by a catalogue
with texts by Matthew Collings, David Ryan and Clyde Hopkins.
prints and works on paper are in a number of private and public