The Nun Painter, 2006
New York artist Jocelyn Hobbie's first solo exhibition at Bellwether features 11 oil paintings. Her deftly rendered female subjects possess what Ken Johnson calls, "an uncanny air of a spellbound beauty". At once classical and cartoonish they are like Botticelli meets Katz or Courbet meets Hopper.
Hobbie's paintings are motivated by strong emotion, yet are expressed in restrained form. The scenarios depicted are mostly about aloneness and high-keyed emotional states. The women are sensitive, ecstatic or in despair, monkish, anxious, diligent. For example, in "The Chiseler" a lingerie clad woman works secluded in her bedroom on a sculpture. With a deep, far off stare she carves out heart shaped forms. "The Nun Painter" features an artist dressed in a habit with her racy lace panties peeking out from beneath. Hobbie enjoys depicting the idea of somebody alone in a room, working away in private; engaged in an inner life even if it's painful: transforming the sense of confinement and anxiety into a sense of braveness and inspiration.
Jocelyn Hobbie has had two previous solo shows at Jack Tilton Gallery and has been reviewed by Ken Johnson of the "New York Times", Kim Levin in "The Village Voice" and Carol Diehl in "ARTnews". Hobbie received her BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and lives and works in New York.
Exhibition: April 13 - May 8, 2006
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