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.
Photograph by Benjamin Wetherall
Foundation at Camberwell School of Art 1968-70
BA at West Surrey College of Art 1976-79
MFA (Sculpture) at Syracuse University 1980-82
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