Stan Hopewell: Facing the Stars

This book is a lovely little journey into the life of Stan Hopewell, a self-taught Western Australian artist and war veteran, who turned to art when his beloved wife Joyce became seriously ill.

Ted Snell weaves an interesting story and takes us through Hopewell’s creative journey. Coming to art later in his life, Hopewell was seen as an ‘outsider artist’. He managed to garner the interest of a select few important supporters, and his idiosyncratic and heartfelt work celebrates all that he learned and experienced; life’s joys, travails and troubles.

The book reveals insights into the role of art as therapy, and the importance of instinct in its creation. Hopewell’s pictures are a celebration of his devotion to his wife, and the struggle through her illness.

Author: Ted Snell
Publisher: UWA Publishing
RRP: $34.99

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