Fredericks & Freiser is happy to announce an exhibition of new paintings and performs on paper by Jocelyn Hobbie. Since the mid-90s, Hobbie has painted the female determine with a heightened naturalism and an enhanced degree of saturated colour that reveals an uneasy relationship to realism and firmly roots these placing paintings in the age of submit abstraction.
For this exhibition, Hobbie will exhibit paintings on canvas and paper concluded in excess of the past handful of yrs. Echoing models as divergent as the expressive figuration of New Objectivity and the abundant, layered patterning of Ukiyo-e, Hobbie hones a formal type in which neoclassical figures with lambent or emotionally obscure expressions are depicted amid boldly graphic garments and vivid floral settings. Hobbie’s seamless, polished surfaces and dynamic compositions meld her subjects amid pictorial environments brimming with painterly precision. The canvases and operates on paper have the elemental and thematic qualities of portraiture, nonetheless the artificiality of Hobbie’s crystalized women avert psychological specificity in favor of ambiguity. The atmosphere is mystical, sensual, and remarkably female. Hobbie’s woman subjects exist proudly with a nonchalance that synthesizes themes of abundance and attractiveness with an elegiac detachment from present-day existence.