Fredericks & Freiser is happy to announce an exhibition of new paintings and performs on paper by Jocelyn Hobbie. Because the mid-90s, Hobbie has painted the female figure with a heightened naturalism and an increased degree of saturated coloration that reveals an uneasy marriage to realism and firmly roots these hanging paintings in the age of put up abstraction.
For this exhibition, Hobbie will show paintings on canvas and paper completed more than the final several a long time. Echoing kinds as divergent as the expressive figuration of New Objectivity and the loaded, layered patterning of Ukiyo-e, Hobbie hones a official design and style in which neoclassical figures with lambent or emotionally obscure expressions are depicted amid boldly graphic clothing and vivid floral settings. Hobbie’s seamless, polished surfaces and dynamic compositions meld her topics amid pictorial environments brimming with painterly precision. The canvases and functions on paper have the elemental and thematic traits of portraiture, yet the artificiality of Hobbie’s crystalized girls avert psychological specificity in favor of ambiguity. The environment is mystical, sensual, and hugely female. Hobbie’s woman subjects exist proudly with a nonchalance that synthesizes themes of abundance and natural beauty with an elegiac detachment from up to date daily life.