Isalos Fine Art opens “Inside Edward Hopper’s World: Paintings by Philip Koch”

“Rooms by the Sea” by Philip Koch

Isalos Fine Art in Stonington is showing “Inside Edward Hopper’s World: Paintings by Philip Koch” from August 13 through September 2, with a reception for the artist 5 – 7 p.m. Friday, August 16. No one was into realism, let alone landscape painting at Oberlin College when Koch studied painting there in the 1960s, so discovering Hopper’s work was an epiphany that changed the course of his life. When he was eventually given unprecedented access to Hopper’s Cape Cod studio, complete with Hopper’s easel and the views that inspired iconic paintings, he began a recurring pilgrimage that has spanned the last 30 years. During 14 residencies, as well as time spent in the Nyack, New York house where Hopper lived until he was 30, Koch has inhabited the spaces in which Hopper lived. As Koch painted these spaces, he felt that he found clues to the inner life of the man, and expressed them in his own work. The show takes place in conjunction with “Voyeur,” a Hopper-inspired performance by Bridgman/Packer Dance at the Stonington Opera House. A print and digital catalog is available on the Isalos website: For more information call 367-2700.