DENNIS HOPPER is widely recognized as an acclaimed artist, actor and filmmaker whose iconic and distinctly American voice has established him as one of the most singular creative figures of his time. Born in Dodge City, Kansas Hopper grew up in San Diego, California, and spent most of his life between Los Angeles, California and Taos, New Mexico. As an actor he appeared in over 140 television shows and starred in over 150 films. In 1969, Hopper co-wrote, directed and acted in the film Easy Rider, forever changing the face of American cinema and garnering an Academy Award® nomination for Best Screenplay. In 1971, Hopper wrote, directed and starred in the film The Last Movie which was awarded the CIDALC Award at the Venice Film Festival. In addition to his dynamic acting career, Hopper ardently dedicated more than five decades of his life to artistic expression-- exploring the mediums of photography, painting, sculpture, film, and installation. His work holds its foundation in the cultural revolution of 1960’s when a Pop sensibility emerged, the West Coast became a popular new venue for creative expression, and photography asserted itself as an important artistic medium. In the role of artist and collector Hopper worked and socialized with the artistic avant-garde, constantly exchanging ideas and influencing one another’s work. During his lifetime, his artwork was exhibited around the US and internationally in Italy, France, Japan, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Sweden, Spain, Australia and Russia. He received several awards from the international community including being named a commander of the French Legion of Honor and receiving its highest award of the French Order des Arts et des Lettres in 2008. Since Hopper’s death in May of 2010, his artwork continues to be in demand in the private and public contemporary art realms. Recently his works have been seen in Berlin, Spain, New York City at Gagosian Gallery, and he was the featured artist of Paris Photo LA 2014. His next show will be at the Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery in Paris, France and will open to coincide with FIAC Art Fair in October 2015. Hopper is not only a fixture of the Hollywood landscape, his photography captured the essence of the unique Los Angeles cityscape good and bad, raw and glamorous.
THE HOPPER ART TRUST
The Hopper Art Trust is committed to the preservation of the artistic career and legacy of the late iconic visionary Dennis Hopper. Hopper was a renowned actor/director and artist who experimented in all mediums including photography, video and film, painting, performance, and sculpture. HAT is responsible for maintaining and operating a functional archive that serves as a resource for multi-faceted engagements in the public realm. HAT also facilitates dynamic collaborations with international curators, museums, galleries, and publications whose mission it is to highlight and emphasize Hopper's works as not only aesthetic objects of value but also historical artifacts that chronicle the past half-century of American history in art and film.
The Hopper Art Trust was established by the Dennis Hopper Estate in 2010 and is based in Los Angeles, California