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Annie Giles Hobbs

Annie Giles Hobbs

                                                                ANNIE GILES HOBBS

Annie Giles Hobbs is a Welsh artist living in Cardiff. She taught at the School of Fine Art, Cardiff Metropolitan University for twenty one years, then took retirement to concentrate on her practice.  She works from her studio in Cardiff Bay.

Her work is unique, and each piece takes many months to complete.  The surface is complex, made up of many layers of linearity and textures out of which the imagery slowly emerges.  Inspiration comes from nature and the rural environment with glimpses of Gothic and Early Renaissance influence.  There are references to Welsh/Celtic Mythology, symbolism and ambiguity also play their part

She has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally.  Her work can be found in many Public and Private Collections.

Some Exhibition Venues

Mall Galleries, Lon[1]don

Victoria Art Gallery, Bath

Royal Cambria Academy

Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

Kawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, India

European Parliament, Brussels

University of Alberta, Canada

Camberwell, London

Ruskin School of Fine Art, Oxford

Ben Uri Gallery, London

Glyn Vivien Gallery, Swansea

Reg Vardy Galleries, Sunderland

National Museum of Wales

Museum of Modern Art, Machynlleth

Tenby Museum and Art Gallery

White Fox Gallery, Coldstream, Scotland

Estonia Academy of Arts, Tallinnn

Welsh Assembly, Cardiff

Some Public Collections   Museum of Modern Art Machynlleth,  Lord Chancellor’s Dept. London, Center Parcs, Dept. of Trade and Commerce, Warwick.  Cardiff Museum.  Tenby Museum    Work in private collections outside Uk can be found in USA, France, India, Australia, Belgium, Holland   

Annie Giles Hobbs produces wonderful complex images.

Annie uses layers of handmade papers.

They function not merely as surfaces, but are constituted and shaped for her predetermined images. The density of these large pieces is impressed by multi-plate etching, collograph and monoprint, whose qualities build up a richly worked top surface, whilst partially revealing texture and imagery at the edges of receding layers.

Close inspection discloses a structural linearity ranging from the fine delicacy of a Lippi to some expressionistically agitated networks in tonal areas. On more distant viewing the forma of figures and symbolic references coalesce from the overall schema in palely luminous flesh tones.

The dreamlike quality of fading and re-emerging configurations conveying sensual and soulful experience, implies to the viewer distances of history and age-old myth in these tentatively expressed relations, giving contemporary insight into the archaic and mystical bond between humans and the animal world.