Louise Hopkins Untitled (169) 2006 © The Artist


Born 1965
Nationality English

Hopkins was born in Hertfordshire and studied at Newcastle-upon-Tyne Polytechnic and Glasgow School of Art. Her work is primarily concerned with the transformation of pre-existing surfaces. These have included furnishing fabrics, song sheets, pages from history books, newspapers and maps. In doing this, she transforms something familiar into a work of art. Hopkins was shortlisted for the Jerwood Painting Prize in 1997 and won a Scottish Arts Council Creative Scotland Award in 2002. She was among six artists chosen to represent Scotland at the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007. Solo exhibitions include: Mummery + Schnelle, London (2008 and 2014); The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (2005); Andrew Mummery Gallery, London (1999 and 2003); and Tramway, Glasgow (1996). She lives and works in Glasgow.

Glossary terms

Glossary terms


A term lifted from the French word for ‘unstick’, it is most commonly applied to artworks where an original image is cut, torn, or removed from its original content. The phrase generally refers to the work of French Nouveau Réalists, (New Realists) who ripped old posters from walls and mounted them onto canvas.