Brook Hobbins

Alan Wells
Alan Wells

Date 2019 Material Bronze Size Height 35 x Width 16 x Depth 18 cm Sitter Alan Wells

Pip
Pip

Date 2015 Material Terracotta Size Height 40 x Width 22 x Depth 20 cm Sitter Pip Paine

William
William

Date 2016 Material Jesmonite Size Height 45 x Width 20 x Depth 20 cm Sitter William Grey

Alan (2)
Alan (2)

Date 2019 Material Bronze Size Height 35 x Width 16 x Depth 18 cm Sitter Alan Wells

The Bass Player
The Bass Player

Date 2018 Material Bronze Size Height 32 x Width 20 x Depth 17 cm Sitter Mark Meilack

Clementine
Clementine

Date 2016 Material Jesmonite Size Height 45 x Width 18 x Depth 23 cm Sitter Clementine Gray

 

 

Brook Hobbins was born in London and now lives in Whitstable on the north Kent coast. She works full time as a sculptor from her studio in Westgate-On-Sea near Margate.

 

Brook is a creative professional whose varied output has moved from fine art to applied art and back again. From early abstract expressionist bronzes to lyrical park design, her work retains a consistent engagement with the figure in space and time.  The sculpted portrait now forms her core practice.

 

“I firmly believe in the enduring relevance of portrait sculpture. I strive to locate my work in a contemporary context – while staying true to a practice based on the portrait from life, in which likeness, humanity and materiality each play their part in the creation of a unique piece of sculpture.

 

Whilst I enjoy the solitude of studio practice, I find the intimacy and mutuality of the sculptor/sitter relationship extremely rewarding – as well as a source of inspiration. The sessions become an essential part of the process and the process becomes almost an end-in-itself. It never fails to surprise me that I can work while engaging in an engrossing conversation. But it is precisely this combination of focus and distraction that allows technique to be transcended”.

 

Brook’s work has been exhibited annually since 2014 at the Society of Portrait Sculptors exhibition in central London. She has exhibited with the Society of Women Artists at The Mall Galleries and also regularly shows her work in group and solo exhibitions in Kent.

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'Studio' photo credit Benjamin Wetherall

Photograph by Benjamin Wetherall

BORN 12.06.51

EDUCATION

  • Foundation at Camberwell School of Art 1968-70

  • BA at West Surrey College of Art 1976-79

  • MFA (Sculpture) at Syracuse University 1980-82

 

STUDIO

Westgate-On-Sea, Kent

MATERIALS

Clay, wax and plaster, primarily for casting in Jesmonite and bronze

COMMISSIONS & AWARDS / PRIZES

  • 2018 Live portrait sculpture event and pop-up studio for a private client during three evening receptions - to celebrate the opening of 'Rodin and the Art of Ancient Greece' at The British Museum, London.

  • 2016 Commissioned Portraits of siblings William, Octavia and Clementine Gray

  • 2015 Portrait of Geoff Pearson

  • 2014 Winner of SPS Class Prize

  • 2013 Portrait of Jesse Johnstone-Brown

 

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