Influence and In­spi­ra­tion: The Art of J ill Hoop er, Ben Long, and FrankMa­son

Show­ing from: Septem­ber 6, 2019 – Jan­uary 5, 2020 Gibbes Mu­seum, Charleston, USA

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In flu en ce and In­spi­ra­tion: The Art of J ill Hoop er, Ben Long, and Frank Mason cel­e­brates three artists de­voted to clas­si­cal train­ing and united by friend­ships that span mul­ti­ple gen­er­a­tions. Mason was an in­flu­en­tial teacher at the Art Stu­dents League for more than fifty years and a pas­sion­ate sup­porter of the arts. In the 1960s, Mason taught Ben Long, a promis­ing young artist from North Carolina. Long has since dis­tin­guished him­self on the in­ter­na­tional stage as a re­al­ist and a pro­lific fresco painter. Charleston-based artist Jill Hooper stud­ied un­der Ben Long, who remains an im­por­tant men­tor to this day. Like Long, Hooper is a re­al­ist painter who has earned in­ter­na­tional ac­claim for her pow­er­ful por­traits, land­scapes, and still-life paint­ings. To­gether, th­ese artists demon­strate a com­mit­ment to the tech­niques of the Old Masters while of­fer­ing their unique artis­tic per­spec­tives on con­tem­po­rary life. Influence and In­spi­ra­tion in­cludes both paint­ings and draw­ings by each artist. The draw­ings re­flect the rig­or­ous train­ing and prepa­ra­tion behind each fin­ished paint­ing and of­fer a glimpse into the artist’s work­ing process. Sub­jects range from por­traits and genre scenes to large-scale re­li­gious paint­ings.

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