Helen Hopcroft, Catwoman’s Dream, c 1998
oil on canvas, 152 x 186 cm
Helen Hopcroft is an artist and writer, currently living in New South Wales. After completing her undergraduate Fine Art degree at the Centre for the Arts, Hobart, Helen travelled to London to complete a Masters degree in Painting at London’s Royal College of Art (1992-1994). Many of Helen’s paintings include fairy tale imagery, particularly the moment when a human transforms into an animal, or vice versa. Her influences include Persian miniatures, literature, fairy tales, naive or pre-Renaissance art and medical illustration. Helen won the young achiever of the year award for Tasmania in 1991.
In 1996 Despard Gallery opened at 49 Salamanca Place with a solo exhibition by Helen Hopcroft. There provocative paintings gained national recognition, recognising her raw talent and energy.
This major oil depicts the artist as Catwoman, complete with whiskers and sharp claws, her anatomy revealing butterflies in her stomach and a floating heart with segments denoted to her dreams of lust, love and boys.
*Provenance: Private collection Hobart. Exhibited Despard Gallery in 1998 as part of her solo exhibition ‘Heart Shaped World and again in 2016 as part of the group exhibition ‘Animalia’.