British painter exhibits in 'lost' LA gallery
Added: (Tue May 15 2001)
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British artist Jean Hobson will exhibit from June 1st to 14th in a 'lost' art gallery at the Van Nuys, Los Angeles, offices of Power Gems, the world's largest independent manufacturer of power supplies for the movie industry.
Jean Hobson is a watercolourist who uses the medium in an unusually bold and vibrant way which comes from a love of colour and a passionate desire to make a positive statement.
Her work incorporates highly accessible depictions of everyday experiences, brilliantly observed with both humour and wit.
She studied at Liverpool College of Art in the early 1970s before moving to Scarborough, the holiday resort on the Yorkshire coast.
There Jean taught and ran a small hotel overlooking the harbour while bringing up her two daughters, Madeline and Virginia.
Jean became renowned as a vegetarian chef (she worked with TV chef and author Sarah Brown) and played accordion with local blues
Eight years ago Jean checked out her last guest, closed the door on the hotel and moved to the picturesque mill town of Glossop in
Derbyshire to concentrate full-time on painting.
After the success of her exhibition Women last year in Germany, and the many exhibitions she has held in England and Ireland, Jean is
delighted that Power Gems has made it possible for her to exhibit in America.
Jean's latest work draws inspiration from her varied life, but it is her reflections on the seaside, full of familiar images of leisure and pleasure
that will dominate the show.
What some of the collectors of her work have said:
Sir Alan Ayckbourn:
"One of the things Jean Hobson and I have in common is a great affection for the Yorkshire town of Scarborough. She often paints its
inhabitants whilst I frequently write about them. I think it is mostly affectionate because so far no one's sued us.
I have a number of her pictures and she, I know, has enjoyed several of my plays. We're quite a mutual admiration society really.
I think she's terrific."
Playwright Willy Russell:
"Jean's paintings are characterised by their vitality and immediacy. Beyond their deceptive simplicity, however. there is a depth and complexity
which becomes more apparent with every viewing."
Former Shadow Arts spokesman Mark Fisher MP:
"Jean's forté for me is her portrayal of ordinary people in an extraordinary way."
Art critic and jazz singer George Melly:
"Jean Hobson's paintings are both realistic and poetic... Sometimes her paintings are a little sinister but most often, without patronising, they
encapsulate the pleasure and vitality of the north."
Playwright Alan Bleasdale:
"I have only ever bought three paintings in my life. Two of them are by Jean Hobson."
Northern Editor of The Guardian newspaper, Martin Wainwright:
"There is something special about Jean's paintings; partly an expression of her warm and sympathetic character but more importantly an
originality which brings out those fleeting expressions, moods or physical characteristics which almost always defy the photograph. I just love
strongly coloured painting. Hooray for Hockney! Hooray for Hobson!"
Power Gems Corporation cordially invites you to the private view of the exhibition
paintings and prints by Jean Hobson
on Friday, 1 June 2001 at 5.30 thru 8.30pm
The exhibition will continue until June 14.
Power Gems Corporation
7034 Sophia Avenue
Tel: 818 376 1800
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