Andrea lived the first part of her life in suburban Onerahi. Eldest of two children to bicultural parents. Excelling in Maori performance arts.
“I didn’t run away to the circus, I ran away to art school.” – Mana Magazine 2005
Senior clay artist Manos Nathan sent her to Toihoukura Contemporary Maori Arts School in Gisborne to study under senior painter and educator, Sandy Adsett. As a group, Toihoukura students traveled the world.
“My appreciation for Aotearoa intensified by traveling overseas. After i came back i had a stronger sense of what i wanted to paint.” – AEH
Entrepreneur Kevyn Male met Andrea during her time as a student of Adsett’s in 2002. He introduced her to Auckland gallery the Studio of Contemporary Art (SOCA). She was represented by them for five years.
Since then she has continued to curate and exhibit nationally and internationally being part of a large network of Indigenous artists from around the world. Her piece “Karanga Mai – Hoki Mai” was acquired for the Waikato Museum Collection. Her last showing was with the Whangarei Art Museum as part of their show “LEGEND!”.
“Andrea Hopkins takes everyday identities and makes than tightly organised symbols of duality and strength by using Maori motif against delicately brushed landscape. In her work a soaring kite becomes a spirit in flight.” – TJ McNamara | NZ Herald
“Hopkins has developed an effective and subtle technique of applying many thin layers of acrylic paint, with metallic tints. An established and recogisable style, using the subtle patterns of Northland’s natural colours, her work has become notable for its stillness and simplicity. It moves in and out of surrealism, realism and abstraction….”
“Already with an established and distinctive style, she is now showing an admirable consistency, with the promise of more to come.” – Laurence Clark | Northern Advocate.