Ania Hobson: Playing With Fire

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Ania Hobson: Playing With Fire

Los Angeles

Ania Hobson: Playing With Fire
to Sat 21 May 2022
Tue-Sat 11am-6pm
Artist: Ania Hobson

Steve Turner presents Playing With Fire, a solo exhibition by London-based Ania Hobson featuring recent self-portraits that relate to emotional explosiveness.

Artworks

Heated Debate, 2022

Oil on canvas
66 7 /8 x 90 1 /2 inches (170 x 230 cm)

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Wired, 2022

Oil on canvas
66 7 /8 x 45 1 /4 inches (170 x 115 cm)

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Burning Love Letters, 2021

Oil on canvas
47 1 /4 x 55 1 /8 inches (120 x 140 cm)

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Burning Barrel, 2022

Oil on canvas
55 1 /8 x 47 1 /4 inches (140 x 120 cm)

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Fire in desert, 2022

Oil on canvas
43 1 /4 x 35 3 /8 inches (110 x 90 cm)

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It's My Last One, 2022

Oil on canvas
16 1 /8 x 39 inches (41 x 99 cm)

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Lady and the Moth, 2021

Oil on canvas
23 5 /8 x 19 5 /8 inches (60 x 50 cm)

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Left Confused, 2022

Oil on canvas
23 5 /8 x 19 5 /8 inches (60 x 50 cm)

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Smoke, 2022

Oil on canvas
22 x 18 1 /8 inches (56 x 46 cm)

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Fire, 2022

Oil on canvas
22 x 18 1 /8 inches (56 x 46 cm)

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Seeing Red, 2022

Oil on canvas
14 x 11 inches (35.5 x 28 cm)

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Hobson uses fire to symbolize this charged feeling, and it appears in most of the paintings, whether in a metal trash barrel, a candle, a cigarette or a lighter—and in the most extreme case, upon the artist’s nude body. Most of the paintings include fiery words (fire, burn, heat, smoke and hot), and in the one that does not, “Call Me Emotional,” Hobson reveals the most. Symbols and titles aside, Hobson’s brushwork—fast, decisive, and occasionally wild—also suggests heightened passion. Her use of red is likewise dramatic, but regardless of Hobson’s intensifications, her paintings remain believable. Emotional authenticity rather than factual accuracy is what Hobson values most.

Hobson (born 1990, Suffolk, United Kingdom) earned a BA at Ipswich University, Suffolk (2011) and later studied at the Royal Drawing School, London (2013) and Florence Academy of Art (2014). In 2018, she won the Young Artist BP Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, London. She had a solo exhibition at Setareh Gallery, Dusseldorf (2021) and has participated in numerous group exhibitions. Playing With Fire is Hobson’s solo exhibition at Steve Turner, Los Angeles and her first in the United States.

Courtesy of the artist and Steve Turner, Los Angeles


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