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Current Exhibition: We Are the Dead @ Kirk Hopper Fine Arts. Dallas, TX.

WE ARE THE DEAD – Group Exhibition
Exhibition Dates: March 5 – April 9, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 5th from 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Dallas, February 2016
Kirk Hopper Fine Art (3008 Commerce Street), is pleased to announce our upcoming group exhibition entitled, WE ARE THE DEAD.  The exhibition includes works by Cande Aguilar (USA), Paul Behnke (USA), Karl Bielik (U.K.), Valerie Brennan (CY), Brian Edmonds (USA), Mali Morris (U.K.), Sabine Tress (DE), and Pier Wright (USA).

WE ARE THE DEAD magnifies the ideas of variety and disparity in order to present a multifaceted, committed and dynamic group of painters all of whom eschew the bland, somnambulistic, and ever present approach of Zombie Formalism. In its place are idiosyncratic, powerful, poetic, and individualized statements by painters deeply immersed in their craft and committed to the idea that to communicate their own internal landscape is one of the bedrock reasons to paint.

These painters have long and varied exhibition histories, including curatorial projects, and many have previously exhibited together all over the world. These connections only enhance a running and involved conversation of criticism and support that binds their work and the painters themselves.

Paul Behnke was born in Memphis, Tennessee and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the Memphis College of Art. Behnke’s work has been exhibited widely in the United States and internationally. Behnke has been awarded residencies
at The Sam and Adele Golden Foundation and the Vermont Studio Center. His work has been reviewed in The New Criterion, Hyperallergic and The New Republic. Behnke lives and maintains a full time studio practice in Manhattan.

Karl Bielik was born in Bradford, England. He currently lives and works in London. His work has been in numerous shows at home and abroad including The Marmite, Creekside and Lexmark Art Prizes. Recently he has been selected for The London Open at the Whitechapel Gallery in London and in Contemporary Drawings from Britain at The Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts in China.He is the Founder and Director of Terrace Gallery and Studios. Bielik also writes and performs in Lark, who are signed to Standard Lamp Records.

Mali Morris was born in North Wales and studied Fine Art at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (BA) and the University of Reading (MFA). She has lived and worked in London since the early 1970s. Her work is in private and public collections worldwide, including the Arts Council England, Government Art Collection, Royal Academy of Arts London, Royal Collection London, and Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.

Valerie Brennan moved to Cyprus in 1999 to complete a post graduate degree at the Lemba College of Art. She has participated in many exhibitions nationally and internationally. She has had a solo exhibition with The Giampietro Gallery in New Haven, US. Her previous exhibitions include The Palacio de Legislación, México City, Scope NY, Parallel Art Space, NY. She recently participated in group exhibitions at The Torrance Museum of Art, California and at The Cape Cod Museum of Art in Boston. Valerie is also the author of Studio Critical blog, a popular blog that explores contemporary painting practices. In 2014 she founded Studio Apothiki, a working studio and project space based in Paphos, Cyprus.

Sabine Tress was born in Germany and studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. She has lived and worked in London and Berlin. She is represented by Galerie Proarta, Zurich and Galerie Kunst 2, Heidelberg. She has been participating in numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally. Her current studio is in Cologne.

Cande Aguilar is a visual artist that reflects on border culture through his BarrioPOP distinctive style, defining it as an amalgamation sprung by characters, colors and street phenomena of his life emerged in a border town. He is a self-informed artist ranging mainly from multimedia painting to assemblage and image transfer and is also an accordionist deeply rooted in Conjunto/Tejano music. Aguilar’s work has been featured in solo shows at The Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, International Museum of Arts & Science and group exhibits at MACLA Museum in California, Witchita Falls Museum of Art, Craighead Green Gallery in Dallas, K Space Contemporary, 500X Gallery Dallas, Alexandria Museum of Art, LA and The Painting Center in New York, New York.

Pier Wright was raised in Melbourne, Florida. He received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1989 and since then has been working and exhibiting consistently. He currently lives in Northport, Michigan where he has a gallery in the summer and fall seasons.

Brian Edmonds is an artist living in Alabama. His recent shows include The Lost Sea (Huntsville), DUSK: Embossed (Manhattan/Saint Chamas, FR), DO IT YOURSELF (Brooklyn), White Hours (Cyprus) and OFF THE WALL (London). His monoprints are currently available thru DUSK editions in Brooklyn, NY. Brian’s work can also be found in the recent publication The Black and White Project, published by Look&Listen, and in the upcoming New American Paintings.

Kirk Hopper Fine Art is located at 3008 Commerce Street, Dallas, Texas 75226 in the Deep Ellum neighborhood. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 12pm – 6pm or by appointment.

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Karl Bielik. Spiral. 2012. 50x40cms. Oil on panel.

Sparkle. 2011. 50 x 40 cm. Oil on panel.

L to R. Cande Aguilar. Stage Light. 2015, 36 x 24 in. Multimedia with image transfer on panel. Sabine Tress. l´éternité, 2015, 60 x 40 cm, Oil on canvas. Sabine Tress. la conclusion, 2015, 60 x 40cm, Oil on canvas.


Cande Aguilar. detail of Stage Light.

Sabine Tress. l´éternité.

Sabine Tress. detail of la conclusion.

Paul Behnke. Mini Corsair, 2015, Acrylic on canvas, 18 x 18 in. Green Haint, 2015, Acrylic on canvas, 18 x 18 in.

Paul Behnke. Mini Corsair.

Paul Behnke.  detail of Mini Corsair.

Paul Behnke. Green Haint.

L to R. Valerie Brennan. Buoy. 2015, 46 x 38 cm. Oil & spray paint on masonite. Mali Morris. Pink Wedge. 2015, 10 x 12 in. Acrylic on canvas.

Valerie Brennan. Buoy.

Pier Wright. Plunk, 48 x 45 in. Acrylic and oil on alu-poly.

Brian Edmonds.  Smoke Mouth. 2015, 20 x 16 in.  Acrylic on canvas.  Bell Jar.  2015, 20 x 16 in.  Acrylic on canvas.
Brian Edmonds.  detail of Smoke Mouth and Bell Jar.

L to R.  Valerie Brennan.  Peach, 2015, 18 x 15 in.  Oil and spray point on plywood.  Pier Wright.  Plunk.



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