Fredericks & Freiser is delighted to announce an exhibition of new paintings and performs on paper by Jocelyn Hobbie. Due to the fact the mid-90s, Hobbie has painted the feminine figure with a heightened naturalism and an enhanced diploma of saturated color that reveals an uneasy relationship to realism and firmly roots these putting paintings in the age of submit abstraction.
For this exhibition, Hobbie will show paintings on canvas and paper concluded above the previous couple many years. Echoing models as divergent as the expressive figuration of New Objectivity and the abundant, layered patterning of Ukiyo-e, Hobbie hones a formal fashion in which neoclassical figures with lambent or emotionally obscure expressions are depicted amid boldly graphic outfits and vivid floral configurations. Hobbie’s seamless, polished surfaces and dynamic compositions meld her subjects amid pictorial environments brimming with painterly precision. The canvases and functions on paper have the elemental and thematic attributes of portraiture, yet the artificiality of Hobbie’s crystalized females avert emotional specificity in favor of ambiguity. The atmosphere is mystical, sensual, and remarkably female. Hobbie’s feminine subjects exist proudly with a nonchalance that synthesizes themes of abundance and elegance with an elegiac detachment from present-day everyday living.