A magnetic exhibition is just about to open at the Swope Art Museum in Terre Haute, Indiana, featuring incredible works by painter Philip Koch, who has had the unique opportunity of working as an artist-in-residence in Edward Hopper’s home and studio. The results?

Though he is a graduate painting student at Indiana University, it wasn’t until Philip Koch encountered the incredible works of Edward Hopper that he moved away from abstract to realism. Discovering what he called the “glowing light and dramatic shadows” of Edward Hopper, Koch has gone on to complete 16 residencies in Hopper’s home and studio in Truro, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod.

Edward Hopper, “Route 6, Eastham,” 1941, oil on canvas, (c) Swope Art Museum 2017
Edward Hopper, “Route 6, Eastham,” 1941, oil on canvas, (c) Swope Art Museum 2017

Lucky enough to experience the space in a creative way — viewing the same views as Hopper, and experiencing the same light and shadows — Koch has completed a compelling body of work that will soon be featured during an exhibition at the Swope Art Museum in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Philip Koch, “Morning at the Route 6, Eastham House,” 2016, oil on canvas, 30 x 60 in. (c) Philip Koch 2017
Philip Koch, “Morning at the Route 6, Eastham House,” 2016, oil on canvas, 30 x 60 in. (c) Philip Koch 2017

“Light and Shadow: Paintings and Drawings by Philip Koch from Edward Hopper’s Studio” will not just feature the works of Koch, but also provide new insight into Hopper’s 1941 painting of a house in Cape Cod, titled “Route 6, Eastham,” from the Swope’s permanent collection.

“Light and Shadow” opens on February 3 and will continue through March 25. To learn more, visit the Swope Art Museum.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.

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