Phill Hopkins | Carl Plackman and His Circle

Phill Hopkins will be included in: Carl Plackman and His Circle
Pangolin London
Opening Tuesday 15 January, 18:00-20:00
The exhibition continues until 2 March 2019

This exhibition highlights the lasting legacy and respect of a host of well known artists for their tutor, friend or colleague, Carl Plackman.
Artists include Phyllida Barlow RA, Tony Carter, Jonathan Callan, Brian Catling RA, Ann Christopher RA, Ken Draper RA, Mark Dunhill and Tamiko O’Brien, Garth Evans, Brian Falconbridge, Nigel Hall RA, Damien Hirst, Phill Hopkins, Michael Kenny RA, Bryan Kneale RA, John Maine RA, Lala Meredith-Vula, Martin Naylor and Alison Wilding RA.
Hopkins was taught by Plackman throughout his time in the early 1980’s at Goldsmiths College, London where they formed a lasting friendship, until Plackman’s death in 2004. In 2007 Hopkins was invited to contribute to ‘Carl Plackman: Sculpture, Drawing Writing’, published on the occasion of the exhibition ‘Beyond Appearances: The Sculpture of Carl Plackman 1943 - 2004’. In his piece, ‘Remembering Carl Plackman’, Hopkins remarks that Plackman’s work, “…look quiet, not giving much away, if anything at all. They are made with a simple workmanlike hand. They are humble. Golly, they’re his twin. I turn the images around in my head. They speak with a gentle whisper, almost a hush…”

For this exhibition, ‘Carl Plackman and His Circle’, Hopkins will show ‘The Giantess and The Tower Block’ and writes, “Carl once told me that his accountant wouldn’t believe that he wanted to claim for a television set, that he’d used in a work, against tax. I like the absurdity of this story. The Giantess and The Tower Block share similar and seemingly irrational theatre found in the work of Carl.”

Phill Hopkins was born in Bristol in 1961 and has been an artist based in Leeds since graduating from Goldsmiths College, London in 1985. He exhibits both nationally and internationally, with recent shows at BasementArtsProject, Leeds, Charlie Smith London, Galerie Youn, Canada and Cross Gallery, Australia. His work resides in various public and private collections including The Imperial War Museum, London, Nanjing Baijia Lake International Culture Investment Group, China, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Leeds Art Gallery, Doncaster Museums & Art Gallery, Stadt Dortmund, Germany, The Hungarian Museum of Photography, Kecskemet, Hungary.
For more information on the exhibition please call the gallery on 020 7520 1480 or email

Pangolin London
Kings Place
90 York Way
N1 9AG
United Kingdom
Tel: (0)20 7520 1480
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