BP Portrait Young Artist winner, Ania Hobson, celebrates modern women in her debut London show

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Rising star of the UK art scene, Ania Hobson will showcase new work at her debut London solo exhibition. The artist will unveil an exciting collection at The Catto Gallery this September where, in her newest set of paintings, she builds on the contemporary figurative style that won her national acclaim.

Two years ago, Hobson won the Young Artist Prize at the BP Portrait Awards at the National Portrait Gallery with A Portrait of two Female Painters. A striking example of the strong, independent millennial women that feature prominently in her work, her entry was chosen from an initial submission of 2,667 pieces from artists in 88 countries.

Dr Martens 150 x 100cm oil on canvas Ania Hobson scaled 1

Painting women in workwear and chunky boots – often chosen by the artist herself – her sitters have an insouciant quality that speaks to an era of rising female consciousness. She strives to avoid perfection, preferring to exaggerate her figures and allowing her emotions and experiences to guide her work.

Hobson comments, I like celebrating modern day women but I avoid painting them in a stereotypically feminine way. Women artists are now breaking through and becoming recognised for what we do, and I want to be part of that movement. I am trying to make my mark in a man’s world and I want to help portray women as strong, world-changing creatures. This is a big moment for me. I could not be more thrilled to have my first solo show at a major UK gallery.

Gut Instinct, 64 x 95cm, oil of canvas, Ania Hobson
Gut Instinct, 64 x 95cm, oil of canvas, Ania Hobson

The great-granddaughter of the well-known Polish painter Edward Trojanowski, Hobson began painting at an early age. The East Anglian artist graduated with a degree in fine art from Suffolk University in 2011. She then went on to study at the Princes Drawing School in London and the Florence Academy of Art in Italy. Hobson was invited to exhibit at the Venice Biennale 2019, as part of a group show called Personal Structures – Identities.

Park 140 x 91cm oil on canvas Ania Hobson scaled 1
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