Stephen Hobbs

Stephen Hobbs was born and bred in Johannesburg where he lives and works today as a public artist (co-director of the public art consultancy, The Trinity Session) and dedicated printmaker. Hobbs had his debut show with David Krut Projects (DKP) in 2010, titled Fool’s Gold. Since then, he has had four solo exhibitions with DKP across our various locations in Johannesburg and Cape Town. His practice is informed by the complex, often obfuscating, visual language used to construct cities in South Africa. The artist is keenly involved in Johannesburg’s evolving status as an apartheid-city-turned-African-city, working predominantly in etching, linocut and monotype to draw connections between World War I dazzle designs* and urban defensive planning used in cities today. Hobbs has a BAFA (Hons.) from The University of the Witwatersrand. After graduating in 1994, he worked as the curator of the Market Theatre Galleries. He has since worked on major public projects, including the recently completed Craftsmen’s Ship building in Maboneng (a burgeoning arts hub in inner-city Johannesburg), which Hobbs co-designed. Since collaborating with DKW in 2011, Hobbs has produced numerous series of prints, totalling 50 editioned works and over 30 unique pieces.

*Dazzle camouflage is a zebra-like pattern used on gunships in the early 1900s to fragment the visual field of enemy sites in combat situations.  Although dazzle patterning became obsolete after World War I, Hobbs has mined the potential that such visual deception presents for aesthetic reflection on dystopian urban environments.

Source: http://davidkrutprojects.com/artists/218/stephen-hobbs 

Stephen Hobbs

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