About the artist:
American artist, writer and UFO researcher, one of the leading figures of Abstract Expressionism.
A contemporary of Franz Kline, Mark Rothko, Robert Motherwell, and Willem De Kooning, Budd Hopkins was a
noted Abstract Expressionist admired for the vibrant spectrum of his work characterised by the bold brushwork
of action painting, and the clean-cut, emblematic colors of hard-edged abstraction, who first came to widespread
attention when he exhibited at the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy, in 1958.
A painter and sculptor, his work - which by the late 1960s included Mondrian-like paintings of huge geometric
forms anointed with flat planes of vivid color — is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the
Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington and the British Museum, among
After the award of a Guggenheim fellowship in 1974, Hopkins’ art turned to large, quasi-architectural sculptures
that seemed to spring from primordial myths. Temple of Apollo With Guardian XXXXV is one such example, which
The New York Times called "part house of worship, part archaeological ruin, part sacrificial altar".
Even as he moved away from Abstract Expressionism, these works retained the use of intense colors and hard-
edged forms, as they brought together the vocabularies of painterly abstraction and abstract geometry. It was
during this period that his abiding interest in ritual, worship, cruelty and superstition found its purest expression.
In the 1980s, because of his well-known fascination with popular theories of alien abduction, critics saw
correlations between what they identified as spectral shapes in the geometry of his work and his growing
obsession with the stories of those who believed they had been visited and experimented upon by
Although he always dismissed such interpretations of his work, this interest in alien visitation led to the writing of
the best-selling book Intruders (1987), in which he documented the claims of those who had reportedly
experienced being abducted. As the first person to collect and publish such stories in quantity, Hopkins was
widely credited with having begun the alien-abduction movement, a subgenre of U.F.O. studies.