John Hooper’s colourful human figures in wood enliven Market Square in Saint John, Parliament Hill in Ottawa, and office courtyards from coast to coast. With humour, satire, and his own mysterious imagery, Hooper’s compelling sculptures comment on issues of social justice and human triumph over adversity.
Born in England in 1926, John Hooper also spent time in his youth in China, and served as a captain in the British Army in India in 1944. He was educated at the Royal College of Art and Bournemouth College of Art, where he studied with sculptor Jacob Epstein. After teaching at the University of Natal in South Africa from 1956 to 1962, Hooper moved to New Brunswick with his wife Kathy and three small children, where he had been offered a job to establish the art program for Saint John schools. For many years he worked as a teacher and administrator before devoting himself full-time to art in 1974.
In 1991 John was the first recipient of the Strathbutler Award for Fine Craft and Visual Arts. In 2000, he won the Miller Brittain Award for Excellence in Visual Arts and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.
John Hooper’s works are in included in numerous public and private collections throughout Canada, the USA and beyond.
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