Arius Hopman

Arius attempts to walk the fine line between spontaneity and control. If the enjoyment of creating the picture can be perceived, then it is considered successful. To stay creatively alive, Arius keeps exploring, rather than settling into a style or routine.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Volcanic Earth-Tone Art

Kauai is the elder Island of the Hawaiian island chain. It is five million years old. Red hot lava bubbled up from the earth mantle 20 miles below the ocean and solidified into jet-black lava. Millions of years of rainfall turned the black lava first into blue rock, which in turn weathered at the surface into all the colors of clay found on the island: at least 20 different colors. These are the traditional Hawaiian tapa colors that have been used for centuries to make beautiful and valuable artwork. The lucid renderings of animals and humans, dating back 35,000 years in France and Spain were executed with very similar colored clays that have proven their longevity.

Arius Hopman graduated with a BSc, honors, in geology with a minor in art. Both these skills have allowed for a scientific study of the earth-tone pigments that are so prevalent on the island. "Most of my VETA artwork is done out in a remote camp quite close to where I can find many earth tones nearby. The more I paint with these subtle colors, the more variety I find in the field and the more I appreciate them.”

These volcanic pigments are archival. Like an aged wine, their permanence is due to the thousands of years they have weathered, oxidized and reduced, from many chemical compositions of the lava in diverse environments.

Waimea Canyon
13" x 36" in Koa Frame, Kauai Volcanic Earth Pigments