Angela Canada Hopkins is a leading artist based in Loveland, Colorado. Originally a native of the Midwest, Angela found her purpose when she moved to this community from Chicago in 2007, after completing her education in Michigan and spending over half a decade establishing herself through solo exhibitions in Chicago, IL.
Angela is a fixture of the Loveland community, having exhibited in solo, group and collaborative shows since the first year of her arrival. When she is not exhibiting or working on the next community initiative, Angela balances her time between painting at the easel and working in arts administration.
Angela’s work has been featured in two books, (The Abundance, by Amit Magmudar, Henry Holt and Company: 2013; and The Healing Power of Art, published by Renee Phillips, Random House: 2011). She is widely known in the art and scientific community, both for her creative methods and for championing the importance of art in the healing process that follows loss.
Angela Canada Hopkins has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI (2001).
"Every artist has a muse. Some choose a person, or an animal, or a spirit that lives within them. As an artist, I have chosen a dark ally, one with whom I am in constant conflict – it is both an inspiration and a provocation; a hated foe and a welcome guide.
I have chosen cancer. I lost my father to cancer in my last year of art school, in June 2001. After this momentous event, a bittersweet and therapeutic irony began to spill out onto my canvas.
In the process, I seek to unveil the unseen beauty of the progression that is life. I allow a pure and lively incorporation of acrylic and spontaneous brushstrokes to create a colorful conquest of cancerous matter. I begin by forming cellular expressions that are led both by my intuition and my study of photographs of cells. The forms adapt as a dialogue takes place between the layers of shapes and patterns.
In recent times I have drawn on this inspiration and evolved my approach to include a more abstract style. The inspiration that comes from deconstructing the malignancy of cancer cells has begun to include the beauty of the microscopic structures and organic shapes found in nature."