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American Originals | Edward Hopper: Visionary of the Familiar



[ Art History Course )

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Join us as we explore the streets of Edward Hopper's atmospheric city paintings in the second of our American Originals talks.

From its humble colonial beginnings, American art has been about different ways of looking at things. Over three successive weekends, we’ll explore the work of three outstanding American Modernists who have created some of the most original and enduring images of our times.  


Single session £30, £20 [under 30s)

Full course £75, £50 [under 30s)

Hopper’s paintings are often described as studies in urban isolation – taut, lonely and controlled. Yet, because he captured urban moods so brilliantly, many of his images, such as Nighthawks and Early Sunday Morning, have become international icons.

Hopper’s work also embodied the multiple stories of a city, often unrecorded or simply waiting to be told. Within the solid architecture of his paintings, emotional narratives and moods linger with only viewers able to tell the tale. Using digital technology, we’ll examine Hopper’s haunting images close-up and alongside his journals which reveal the artist’s meticulous working methods.


American-born and Brighton-based, Richard Cupidi is an experienced art historian, educator and visual storyteller specialising in 20th century American art, art of the Early Renaissance and Film Studies. He has taught, performed and run workshops in a range of settings including Tate Modern, the Barbican, Goldsmiths, Brighton Festival, Lighthouse, King’s College, Chichester Cinema, Sussex University, University of Brighton and the Towner Gallery. As a visual storyteller, he has the ability to make his topics come alive, to entertain as well as inform.