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Anthony Hopkins on His Art in Hawai’i
BEFORE RENOWN GALLERY OWNER GLENN HARTE saw his car arrive at the Four Seasons Resort Maui valet, Sir Anthony Hopkins appeared-and asked if he could join Harte at his Lahaina locale for a little chat. Although surprised, Harte wasn’t bowled over. With an artist roster that includes names like Red Skeleton, Anthony Quinn, Burt Young and Tony Curtis, he was used to these sorts of run-ins. Yet an hour earlier, Harte was lunching with Hopkins’ wife, Stella, who mentioned her husband’s interest in finding a home for his most recent passion-colorful illustrations and paintings.
Five years later, Hopkins has risen to become one of Higgins Harte International Galleries’ featured contemporary artists. With an array of pieces that sell within the $10,000 to $150,000 range, the work is exclusive to this Hawai’i gallery. In addition, the Aloha State has served as more than just a venue for Hopkins to display his efforts; recent works (like the piece entitled “Aloha Nui Loa”) clearly came from inspiration the artist found while in the Islands.
Hopkins’ works are mostly ink on film paper. He occasionally works on canvas, most notably with his landscape series of images or faces, the latter of which he currently is exploring deeper. Most recently, he has turned out works that feature animals-a departure from both the ethereal, almost haunting environs as well as playful sketches that have become his signature. One thing is clear: There are no boundaries to Hopkins’ work.
“He was definitely interested in how people receive work from an actor,” says Harte. “He had some initial insecurities about the quality of his work. But really, so many actors are left-brain people with multiple talents. You’d be surprised. I’ve seen really nice work from Sylvester Stallone, Johnny Depp, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Elky Summer, even Frank Sinatra.”
However, when Harte stood inside Hopkins’ Malibu studio (that his wife had specially built on their property), he assured the actor he needn’t be concerned with outside perception.
“It was great. Not like anything I’d seen before,” Harte admits. “An extremely high percentage of artists do work that either imitates what they’ve seen before, or what they’ve been taught to do. Not a lot of it, unfortunately, is blazing new paths. Here was an artist who was clearly forging a new road.”
Harte adds that even more important to him was the casual nature Hopkins applied to the work.
“He’s extremely prolific. Since I’ve known him, he’s never stopped acting. He’s always jet setting off to one location or another for a huge film. But he’s always painting. Yet, with this great energy for the artform, he is very relaxed about it,” Harte attests.
“I used to take everything too seriously. Now I don’t,” says Hopkins. “I love the chaos. It’s my expression of what chaos is in my mind. I’m a bit of a multi-tasker. And I do everything fast. Because I want to do everything I can. Like play piano in the middle of the night… everything. Time is running out.” On June 4th, visitors to Higgins Harte Lahaina gallery will have the opportunity to mingle with and ask Sir Hopkins their own questions regarding his work. He will then bring the show to the Waikiki outpost that resides in the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, on O’ahu, June 9.