The Hopper Meditationsseries, is a lush,richly-colored body of work, inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper. These meticulously constructed photographs, are made from a combination of hand-built doll-house-sized dioramas, and life-size models that have been digitally composited into the resulting scenes.
“I have always loved the way Hopper’s paintings, with an economy of means, are able to address the mysteries and complexities of the human condition. Placing one or two figures in humble, intimate settings, he created quiet scenes that are psychologically compelling with open-ended narratives. The characters’ emotional states can seem to waver paradoxically between reverie and alienation, or perhaps between longing and resignation. Dramatic lighting heightens the emotional overtones, but any final interpretation is left to the viewer.”—Richard Tuschman
With Tuschman’s photographs, we witness a more sombre mood than Hopper, lighting that is less harsh and artworks that point to other key inspirations of the artist, such as the chiaroscuro paintings of Rembrandt for example.
Tuschman, himself, describes the Hopper Meditations as “a marriage between the theatricality of Rembrandt with the humility of Hopper.”Although the figures depicted in the Hopper Meditationsare rooted in the mid-twentieth century, these intimate dramas evoke timeless and universal themes such as solitude, alienation and longing.
Richard Tuschman is represented in New York, by the Klompching Gallery.