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GEORGINA HOOPER is an Australian artist based on the Sunshine Coast. Primarily a painter, cross cultural fertilization is at the heart of Georgina Hooper’s practice. She is informed by a deep engagement with Eastern artistic traditions and visual language and the philosophies that underpin them.
Hooper’s signature style synthesises Eastern calligraphic strokes with Modern abstraction, these works are developed through a meditative repetition of 5 strokes on a coloured field while others are underpinned by indelible mark making on raw surfaces.
Hooper creates vast and rhythmic matrixes imbued with the forces and motion of nature. Her abstraction of landscape reflects her pursuit to represent the natural environment as a felt experience, where space is illimitable and incalculable, carrying a suggestion of the infinite. Inspired by the monumentality of nature and associated feelings of awe, Hooper’s work evolves as immersive spaces for audiences to visually escape into.
Research and Training
Georgina Hooper majored in painting in her Bachelor of Fine Art from the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University in 1999. Her Bachelor of Secondary Education in Visual Art was conferred by the same institution in 2003. Through subsequent practice-led research with the University of Canberra Hooper achieved Honours in Art and Design (2017).
Hooper has been awarded first class honours from the University of Canberra for her visual arts-based research into Chinese landscape painting and the sublime (2017). She has been the recipient of a research scholarship from the University of Queensland in which she studied Chinese landscape painting and philosophy under Professor Dong Ya at the University of Tianjin, China (2010). Hooper has been an artist in residence at Toa-Bou studio in Nakaoyama (2013), Japan; Kouraku Gama, Arita Japan (2013); Sanboa Ceramic Institute (2013) and The Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China (2013). Her work is in private collections across the world and also part of a 100 year ceiling installation in a Buddhist temple in Hasani, Japan (2014).
In Hooper’s work, her investigation of artistic practice and its potential to affect the painter’s intuitive mind and psychological attitude is of great importance. Her ongoing academic research which integrates historical, theoretical fields with visual arts practice-led research informs her contemporary practice in the visual arts. Georgina Hooper is also an arts-based researcher and university lecturer.