Philip Hopman (1961) is an illustrator who lives and works in Egmond aan den Hoef in the Netherlands. Admitted to the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam at the age of 18, he originally intended to change the world by becoming a fashion designer, but it proved more complicated than he thought, especially since he found it hard to operate a sewing machine. So he switched to the Illustration department where his teachers included Thé Tjong-Khing and Waldemar Post.
After graduating in 1985 Philip Hopman did several different jobs before being offered his first illustration projects. He has since illustrated a large number of children’s books, including Hans Hagen’s books about the children’s character Jubelientje. In addition to illustrating books, he also produces non-commissioned works and murals. For the last few years he and Ted van Lieshout have collaborated on a series of picture books about Boer Boris [Farmer Boris], starring his own three children as the leading characters. The book Boer Boris gaat naar zee [Farmer Boris Goes to Sea] was voted Picture Book of the Year 2015 and Boer Boris in de sneeuw [Farmer Boris in the Snow] won a Vlag en Wimpel award. His earlier picture books Temmer Tom [Tom the Tamer] and 22 wezen [22 Orphans] won respective Vlag en Wimpel and Zilveren Penseel (Silver Paintbrush) awards.
Made in HollandThe title of his Miffy statue is Made in Holland. ‘In my latest book about Farmer Boris, his sister Sam wears a little Volendam costume that one of my sister’s dolls used to wear. I painted the Miffy statue in the same outfit.’