March 5th Opening at Kirk Hopper Fine Art: Big Bang and We Are The Dead



Solo Exhibition by Terry Maker

March 5 – April 9, 2016


Opening Reception: Saturday, March 5th from 6:30pm – 8:30pm


Terry Maker, Gun Ball, 2015. 54x 49 x 56 inches, Cast Foam guns


Kirk Hopper Fine Art (3008 Commerce Street, is pleased to announce our upcoming solo exhibition for artist Terry Maker entitled BIG BANG.

Marking her return to KHFA, Maker addresses desire and human initiative in light of the [obvious] awareness of our ultimate end. This new body of work investigates the conundrum of this reality with various sculptures that symbolize the gravity, pathos and, sometimes, comedic state of the human situation and the quest for an exit strategy or possibility of redemption. Various works throughout BIG BANG symbolize this pursuit, while the shape of the circle or oval, a symbol of unity, wholeness and eternity, sharply counters the conceptual dialogue with darker forces of potential evil.

Maker’s work uses a variety of commonplace, discarded, domestic objects combined with traditional art making materials to compose sculptural forms that are subsequently cast, cut, drilled and scraped to reveal the “guts” or the polished veneer of the matter.

Through her process, she curates the selected forms that become-or represent-specific, symbolic codes or grammar that speak to the physical and spiritual concerns of the human condition – specifically, the force of attraction to temporal concerns in this ephemeral, transitory world in which we live and the ever compelling drive for power.



Group Exhibition

March 5 – April 9, 2016

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 5th from 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Karl Bielik, Sparkle, 2011. Oil on board, 20 x 16 inches


Kirk Hopper Fine Art (3008 Commerce Street), is pleased to announce our upcoming group exhibition entitled, WE ARE THE DEAD.The exhibition includes works by Cande Aguilar (USA), Paul Behnke (USA), Karl Bielik (U.K.), Valerie Brennan (CY), Brian Edmonds (USA), Mali Morris (U.K.), Sabine Tress (DE), and Pier Wright (USA).

WE ARE THE DEAD magnifies the ideas of variety and disparity in order to present a multifaceted, committed and dynamic group of painters all of whom eschew the bland, somnambulistic, and ever present approach of Zombie Formalism. In its place are idiosyncratic, powerful, poetic, and individualized statements by painters deeply immersed in their craft and committed to the idea that to communicate their own internal landscape is one of the bedrock reasons to paint.

These painters have long and varied exhibition histories, including curatorial projects, and many have previously exhibited together all over the world. These connections only enhance a running and involved conversation of criticism and support that binds their work and the painters themselves.


Selected Artist Bios

Paul Behnke was born in Memphis, Tennessee and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the Memphis College of Art. Behnke’s work has been exhibited widely in the United States and internationally. Behnke has been awarded residencies at The Sam and Adele Golden Foundation and the Vermont Studio Center. His work has been reviewed in The New Criterion, Hyperallergic and The New Republic. Behnke lives and maintains a full time studio practice in Manhattan.

Karl Bielik was born in Bradford, England. He currently lives and works in London.

He is the Founder and Director of Terrace Gallery and Studios.
 Bielik also writes and performs in Lark, who are signed to Standard Lamp Records.

Mali Morris was born in North Wales and studied Fine Art at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (BA) and the University of Reading (MFA). She has lived and worked in London since the early 1970s.

Her work is in private and public collections worldwide, including the Arts Council England, Government Art Collection, Royal Academy of Arts London, Royal Collection London, and Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.

Valerie Brennan moved to Cyprus in 1999 to complete a post graduate degree at the Lemba College of Art. She has participated in many exhibitions nationally and internationally. She has had a solo exhibition with The Giampietro Gallery in New Haven, US. Her previous exhibitions include The Palacio de Legislación, México City, Scope NY, Parallel Art Space, NY. She recently participated in group exhibitions at The Torrance Museum of Art, California and at The Cape Cod Museum of Art in Boston. Valerie is also the author of Studio Critical blog, a popular blog that explores contemporary painting practices. In 2014 she founded Studio Apothiki, a working studio and project space based in Paphos, Cyprus.


Kirk Hopper Fine Art is located at 3008 Commerce Street, Dallas, Texas 75226 in the Deep Ellum neighborhood. Gallery hours are TuesdaySaturday from 12pm – 6pm or by appointment.

Phone: 214-760-9230, Email:, Website:



Keep up with the ongoings of Kirk Hopper Fine Art artist, Martin Delabano through his blog

Martin Delabano: Musings of an Artist.

Martin states, ” Being an artist is just a part of who I am, I am also a luthier, a musician, a teacher, and a husband.


Kirk Hopper Fine Art is located at 3008 Commerce Street, Dallas, Texas 75226 in the Deep Ellum neighborhood.  Gallery hours are TuesdaySaturday from 12pm – 6pm or by appointment.

Phone: 214-760-9230, Email:, Website:

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