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Collage of Images from the 'Ma Wahine' series

Moata McNamara | M.A (Hons) reviews “Mai Wahine”

Very occasionally there is an artist whose work captures something well beyond the image, beyond an aesthetic value, skill or idea.  Northland artist Andrea Hopkins latest series of paintings captures a state of body and mind that immediately resonates with the memory of a viewer; a cellular memory, perhaps. Entitled ‘Mai Wahine’, this series of paintings continues a strong body of work focusing on contemporary Maori women, Maori life in a style and skill that is…. continue reading





The Whangarei Report – an interview with Emily Kernot

The Whangarei Report – an interview with Emily Kernot

Northlander Andrea Hopkins has had little sleep in the past two weeks.  She’s just returned from 10 days at “Te Tihi”, a international gathering for visual artists in it’s fourth year run by Te Atinga.

Surrounded by 100 kindred spirits from eight countries around the pacific rim, she says theres nothing like waking up….  continue reading



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Northern Advocate review of “Text and Kowhaiwhai”

You have to look hard (without reading the title first) to make out the letters, and then the words, contained within Andrea Hopkins’ Text and Kowhaiwhai paintings but doing so is a rewarding experience.

By the time you identify the words a word (Parihaka, Wairua, Onerahi), you’ve taken in the complexity of the patterns-within-patterns in the construction and you stay looking at the whole….  continue reading





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“Te Puna Toi” exhibition underway

No-one could be prouder of the students than their tutor, contemporary Maori artist Andrea Hopkins.  NorthTec’s first students from the six month Certificate in Whakairo Maori Visual Arts and Design programme have come a long way since they began.  Their “Te Puna Toi” graduation exhibition and sale of painted works and clay sculpture runs at Tuatara from 1 to 14 December.

“Many of the students on the programme are first time arts practitioners. The work they have produced after six months is amazing, and now they’re about to have their first show.  It’s a mean feat….  continue reading




The Northern Advocate | Acclaimed Maori contemporary artist to teach new course at NorthTec

The Northern Advocate | Acclaimed Maori contemporary artist to teach new course at NorthTec

Acclaimed Māori contemporary artist Andrea Hopkins, a former NorthTec student, has returned to NorthTec to teach the new Maori Art and Design course being run through Te Puna o Te Matauranga (Māori Studies).  Andrea studied Visual Arts at NorthTec between 1997 and 1999, and then completed an Advanced Diploma in Māori Art and Design from Toihoukura in Gisborne. She continued her art education….  continue reading





Duality 2005

“WHEIAO – TRANSITION” review | The Northern Advocate

Bland Bay painter Andrea Hopkins is showing a selection of 21 paintings at Tuatara, on Bank Street, Whangarei. In it the artist emerges from the shadow of giants of the art scene, in a very personal collection of images.

Almost to explain her progress, the artist initially unveils works which move away from old influences, as in the abstract ‘Mihi ki nga Matua’, sitting outside the doorway. The artist told me she was influenced by Sandy Adsett…. continue reading







TJ McNamara – the galleries | The New Zealand Herald

TJ McNamara – the galleries | The New Zealand Herald

Transformations are executed with elegance, yet make power full impact….

More metamorphosis is at the Studio of Contemporary Art.  The young artist

Andrea Hopkins takes everyday identities and makes…. continue reading





MANA MAGAZINE | an interview with Moerangi Vercoe

MANA MAGAZINE | an interview with Moerangi Vercoe

At the beginning of 2004 Northland painter Andrea Hopkins developed a five year business plan to help her on the road to becoming a self sufficient professional artist. It included getting a representative gallery, having three solo exhibitions, some overseas travel, and making enough money to live on.

A year later, she had checked off all…. continue reading






Turangawaewae 2003

“Out of the Blue” – touring exhibition | Whangarei Art Museum

Andrea Hopkins painting practise reflects the influence of the American Abstract Expressionists on contemporary art in New Zealand, and the European concern for the sublime landscape.  But over the expressionist surface of her landscapes is woven the quiet articulated visual voice of a contemporary Northland artist whole Maori heritage and culture informs and inspires her exploration of the painted surface…. continue reading


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