About Thomas Edward Hoppe
Hoppe was raised a drawing prodigy. While most of his schooling took place in London, his true hometown is a suburb of Rochester, NY. He developed a deep love for the arts and art history in high school abroad. With classes in advanced architecture, philosophy, and three years of Euclidean geometry, he compiled a powerful portfolio by his senior year, which won him presidential scholarships to the top five art schools in America. He chose Syracuse University, where he started as a second-year illustration major. The Dean of the Visual Arts Department took a special interest in Hoppe and, before long, encouraged him to pursue a self-taught path.
He spent the next five years isolated in a small studio deep in a birch tree forest in Powder Mill Park. This little shack became known as "The Barn". During those five years, he wrote some 24 books of theory on art, most notably his symphonic chromatic method, exploring a functional link between sound and color, which he proved using geometry.
After the Barn years, Hoppe was invited to hold a show in Soho, NYC. The event made headlines the next day. Within a week, he moved to New York, and within a few months, he had multiple shows, including his first large-scale solo show in Soho and a group show at the Chelsea Art Museum.
This is a really long story... There is another story which is more important. It's called "The Manor". This story intertwines his childhood and what he discovered in the barn. It's a mythology of spirits, personifying the unification of the twelve colors and twelve musical notes, set in an old eight-story house. In this house, each of the twelve spirits has a room, and experiences dictated by musical harmony unfold over the course of one rebellious night.
More on that later...