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Illusion, 1994
chine collé, aquatint, etching, hand colouring - 2 plates
12 ˝ X 11 ˝ -Edition A/P II
Collection of the Artist
Trimark commissioned this work for a promotion - Hidden Values -which toured Canada for a year.

"Of course, you have to have that kind of commitment as an artist, to have the courage to create one's own work and not an imitation of something already explored. It must have been threatening for viewers to have their expectation of what painting was about so dramatically challenged when confronted with, for instance, Monet. Geldzahler's comment that Pollock's painting is now seen as lace, where it was originally seen as a violent act against American culture is so telling. So obviously, it depends on how one sees, and one's experiences in life how you look at a painting."

Tom Hopkins in conversation with Guido Molinari, Tom Hopkins - New Paintings - 1977

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