CHIP HOOPER (American, b. 1962)

Chip Hooper's photographs of the Pacific Ocean capture transient moments when light and water coalesce in transcendent beauty. The images included in California's Pacific are the distillation of Hooper's artistic career – having found his ideal subject matter, he has produced his most accomplished work to date. Hooper felt a kinship with the ocean from a young age; he began making prints at age 12 and constructed a darkroom in the basement of his childhood home.

Hooper settled in Carmel Valley, California, in 1988 and became a regular visitor to the coast, lured by the majesty and tranquility of the Pacific Ocean – and by the unique quality of light found there. Through his work with a large-format 8 x 10 inch view camera, he has embraced the patient and meticulous approach that it demands and has achieved a high degree of technical mastery that is exhibited in his highly detailed prints. His subject matter connects him to a line of artists who have been profoundly inspired by the Pacific Ocean, including Ansel Adams and Minor White. Nonetheless, Chip Hooper has developed a unique contemporary vision of his own, refining the expressive power of landscape photography through his meditative studies of sea, sky and light.

Selected Collections:

Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH

Microsoft Collection, Seattle, WA

Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA

Tokyo Photographic Cultural Center, Tokyo, Japan