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About the Artist

Upon graduation with honors from the Art Center College of Design in 1979, Chris Hopkins (Seattle) embarked on a career in illustration that lasted for 33 years. As the digital revolution took hold Hopkins’ traditional approach of drawing and painting changed paths from commercial illustration to that of a narrative painter. In 2001 Hopkins working with Northwest Coast Native Chiefs, Culture Bearers and noted anthropologists created a body of work that honored the First Nations People of the Pacific Northwest. Since 2006 Hopkins has been working in concert with the Pentagon and historians to create an accurate tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen.

Chris received a 2012 GAP to help defray the cost framing, crafting and shipping expenses for 20 finished paintings for an exhibit at the National Air Force Museum Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton OH. Chris’ current project, Tuskegee Airmen Project, honors this group of American heroes.

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.