Trina Hobson Solo Exhibition | ArtisAnn Gallery
ArtisAnn Gallery, Belfast • Thursday 06 April – Saturday 29 April 2017
Trina Hobson’s paintings introduce a story to the viewer, drawing on invented and imagined contexts, places and connections for characters. The familiar and personally known are frequently merged with a store of characters from art history and literature, inviting the viewer in to these sustained environments, almost like a voyeur.
Her exhibition of new work juxtaposes feelings of abandonment, reflectiveness, disjointedness and fragmentation – the brokenness and vulnerability we as humans are all capable of feeling, especially when alone.
The paintings are not about reproducing or documenting. They are about representation… and the very act of painting itself. The drips and brushstrokes all serve as a reminder that this is a painting. The process of deconstructing and flattening the images moves them towards the abstracted and ambiguous, forcing the viewer to fill in the spaces with something personal to the presented or given story.
Trina originally studied Design at Ulster University, Belfast, which led to her setting up her own interior design business. Some fifteen years later, she undertook a second degree, in Fine Art, where she pursued her love for colour and expression through oil painting.
Trina was the recipient of the Dean’s List Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement 2013/14 and has successfully showcased her work in collaborative projects across Ireland and the U.K., including The Waterfront Hall, Belfast, The Higher Bridges Gallery, Enniskillen, McKenna Gallery, Omagh, Gallery 27, Dublin, Boyle Arts Festival and The Mall Gallery, London.
Following her graduation, Trina’s most recent achievements include the Royal Ulster Academy Award for Outstanding Student and The John and Rachel Turner Bursary for Outstanding Student.
Trina was invited to exhibit at the 2016 Royal Ulster Academy annual exhibition.
The exhibition is free to view, and all artworks are available to buy, and may be collected / delivered after the exhibition ends.