Jean Hobson

Original Gouache Paintings

Gouache paint is most comparable to watercolour but is much more opaque. This is due to the larger pigment particles the paint is made from and also the higher ratio of pigment to water. In some cases, even an additional, inert, white pigment such as chalk may also be present. This makes gouache heavier and more opaque, with greater reflective qualities. This extra ‘weight’ to the paint means that techniques more suited to acrylic painting are more effective that watercolour styles!

Gouache also generally dries to a different value than it appears when wet – lighter tones generally dry darker, while darker tones tend to dry lighter, which can make it difficult to match colours over multiple painting sessions. Its quick coverage and total hiding power mean that gouache lends itself to more direct painting techniques than watercolour and boasts considerably bolder and more vibrant colours.

Screen Prints

Sold Out Prints

Painter and Print maker, Jean is a watercolourist who uses the medium in an unusually bold and vibrant way which comes from a love of strong colours and a passionate desire to make a positive statement in her painting.

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 -overlooking the harbour 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.

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.

For the past three years Jean has been looking towards the changing face of Manchester.

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. Studying both, she has explored the different ways in which old and new exploit the materials of their age.

From these photographs and sketches Jean has produced a series of paintings, prints and drawings which sympathetically record the places that have captured her imagination and which she feels form a unique view of Manchester. Hobson says that she paints these scenes because she finds them ‘absorbing and unique. The city is developing constantly and the skyline changes day by day but it is the contrast between past, present and future of the city’s architecture that really captures my imagination.’

Original Water colours and Pencil Drawings

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