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Diana Hobson

1316 Abbott Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
Tel (310) 392-1950 Fax (310) 392-8643

All my large paintings tell stories. They use stories about people I know, things I see, and occasionally about myself The titles will give you clues to the stories, and the rest you can figure out by yourself just by looking at the paintings. Let your eye follow its natural path along the lines, and notice the rhythm. Then notice the colors. Are they happy, sad, smooth, rough, and how are they combined? Which dominates? Also notice how the shapes interact with each other.

To get you started I will guide you through "Flight of Fancy". Now remember that this isn't an itty bitty picture. It's almost as big as you. Check out the purple la-de-da line flowing through the two "ethers", one a very clear sky blue, the other an enlightened yellow. There is a charging red surging rectangle balanced by a slightly silly, jazzy rythmic green ( I hope the rhytbm shows on the computer). All of which is anchored by a (repeated slightly darker) fanciful purple "rock". Indigo lines aud yellow "grace notes" accent the mood- While this isn't a "serious" painting, neither is it featherweight, thanks to the geometric checks and balances. Think of lighter Auden.

OK, you're on your way.

The smaller watercolors are exercises, like a pianist does scales. They keep my mind and hand active and experimental. - Diana Hobson, 1996

Selected Shows

One Person Shows

1979 Barnsdall Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles

1978 Space Gallery, Los Angeles

1976 Space Gallery, Los Angeles

Group Shows

1984 A Broad Spectrum , Contemporary Los Angeles Painters and Sculptors, Design Center, Los Angeles, Catalogue

1982 L.A. Art, Bamsdall Municpal Gallery; Nagoya City Museum, Nagoya, Japan, curated by Norico Fujinama.

1981 Third Biennial, ARCO Center for Visual Art, Los Angeles, catalogue

Recent Abstraction, Bard College, Annandale -on-Hudson, N.Y.

Southern California Artists, Los Angeles Institute for Coiitemporary Art, curated by Barbara Haskell

1975 Abstract Real/Real Abstract, Louis Meisel Gallery, New York, N.Y.

1973 Opening Show, Womanspace, Los Angeles


Margarita Nieto, Art Week, 3/12/88, A Focus on Light

Hadeki Nakamura, Nagoya can learn from their Culture of Self-Expression, Chubu-Yomiyuro Newspaper, 3/5/82

William Wilson, L.A. Times Calendar Section, Toward a Better Definition of Post-Modernism, 2/l/81

Christopher Knight, L-A. Herald Examiner, California Painting in Search of A Context, 1/28/81

Suzanne Muchnic, L-A.Times, Abstractions with Movement, 11/2/79

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