‘This is an exciting exhibition for me, I have long been fascinated by Manchester’s landscape and how it is changing. My work captures the feel of the City, its warmth, vastness and variety. I was fortunate to be given access to one of Manchester’s most famous streets – Coronation Street – and have created screen prints of some of its most iconic landmarks.’
Jean was born in Wallasey and graduated at Liverpool College of Art before moving to Scarborough. There she taught and ran a small hotel – The Flower in Hand, while bringing up her two daughters. She became renowned as a vegetarian chef, played accordian with local blues bands and after opening a studio, exhibited widely in London and across the north of England. From there she moved to Glossop in 1992, to concerntrate more on her painting, attracted by the dramatic landscape of the High Peaks, the earthy vitality found in the mill town and by it’s accessibility to numerous cities.
However, for the past three years Jean has been looking towards the changing face of Manchester.
This new solo exhibition captures the changing face of Manchester’s landscape and it opens to the public on 4 July at Contemporary Six. This is the first solo exhibition that Contemporary Six has hosted since opening just over a year ago. Jean should be quite familiar to the gallery’s regular visitors as she has been exhibiting in the gallery since it opened.
However, the vast array of work being shown will not be familiar, mediums range from graphite on paper, watercolour and screen prints as well as gouaches and collages in her signature style of well executed and neatly balanced compositions, with a strong sense of character and lightness of touch. Not only has she been painting and drawing the people who live and work in this great city, but she has also been recording the old buildings due for demolition before they disappear for ever, and the new buildings as they emerge, celebrating their optimism and inventiveness as they herald in the new era.
‘I am delighted to be able to present Jean’s latest works. This is the first solo show that we have held at the Gallery. Since Contemporary Six opened, Jean’s work has been very popular with the Manchester public and I am sure this is because of her keen observations and recordings of the changes in the City’s life, with the shifting patchwork of post-industrial obsolete Manchester, giving way to new builds, new districts and developments.’
Alex Reuben, Owner of Contemporary Six
The Mancunian Way’ runs from 4 -14 July at Contemporary Six -The Gallery, Unit 6, The Royal Exchange Arcade, Manchester. Press are invited to the preview evening on Wednesday 4 July from 5:30pm where Jean Hobson and Alex Reuben will be available for interview. The exhibition will be opened by Noreen Kershaw, one of the current directors of Coronation Street, at a preview event on Wednesday 4 July at 6:30pm.
The artwork available can be viewed at the bottom of the page.
For further information and to RSVP please contact Alex on 0161 835 2666 or 07888 757880, alternatively you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mancunian Way
To purchase any of the work here, stop by the gallery or contact me at email@example.com or 0161 835 2666.
Hobson’s Choice, an evening with Jean Hobson.
Also, as part of the exhibition, Jean has agreed to give a talk on her life, inspirations and work. This will be held at the Gallery on Thursday 12 July from 5:30pm for a 6:00pm start. Please note there are limited places so book early to avoid disappointment. We are expecting a huge response for this event so please RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 0161 835 2666.