Born in 1970 he is an American surrealist painter whose work examines human phycology under extreme states of transformation, he works with all kinds of different media, such as pencil, ink and oil, his paintings depict mutant everyday men caught in the transitional moment between breakdown and epiphany. Hopp’s art has been exhibited throughout the US, UK, Europe and Australia, Hopp’s body of work spans over 250 finished oil paintings, as well as numerous prints, drawings, and murals and his illustrations have appeared on books, posters and album covers. He works out of his home studio with his family and 5 cats.
“My paintings are fueled by strong feelings of both horror and fascination with the human condition. They are a series of vignettes played out in a backstage labyrinth; short character studies questioning the darker aspects of sanity and self.” “I use a combination of oil, acrylic, tempera, charcoal, and ink, using modifications and misunderstandings of traditional oil layering techniques. I usually paint with my fingers and incorporate additional textures of cat hair, dirt, dust, and coffee grounds.”
I enjoy his work because I feel it portrays the type of energy and emotion I want to put forward with my own work; I also enjoy how he pushes boundaries and turns something so everyday into something quite dark and macabre making you question yourself as the viewer, and it doesn’t hurt that his painting are also so visually intriguing.