Artist Showcase | Naomi Hobson

Language groups: Kaantju/Umpila

Naomi Hobson was born in 1978 and lives and works in the remote community of Coen, Queensland. She works in a range of media, including painting, ceramics, and photography.

Growing up in Coen, Naomi has a deep knowledge of her Country and the stories of her ancestors. Through her art she also likes to explore the little things around her – the things that often go unnoticed or are hidden by nature. For Naomi, using different media allows her to re-define rather than recycle ideas and concepts through her artworks.

Naomi has had an extensive exhibiting history since her first exhibition in 2013. She has received numerous prizes and awards and her work is held in major national and international public and private collections.

She is represented by Art House Gallery, Sydney, and ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore.

Solo Exhibition | Highlighted works

Naomi Hobson: Adolescent Wonderland
17 May – 11 Aug 2019

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Naomi Hobson, Orange “This one’s ripped but e’right, e’goes” Baziem, 2019, digital print, Courtesy of the artist Naomi Hobson, Road Play "She told mum she was taking me for a ride down the road but she not." Laine, 2019, digital print, Courtesy of the artist Naomi Hobson, A Bed No-more “I knew I would find him back here… he still thinking about our flower garden we use to have, aye Mick? And over there was where we tried to grow vegetables, beans and pumpkin." Mark, 2019, digital print, Courtesy of the artist Naomi Hobson, Young Love “We been going out for nearly 12 months now. Kurtis is from Pormpaaraw. You know them Shortjoe mob? well that’s his mob." Ratarni, 2019, digital print, Courtesy of the artist Naomi Hobson, Daley’s Bike “Ms. Daley, the kindergarten teacher has a flash black bike, it’s them olden-style one. Every time I drop Erica off at kindy, I always check it out.” Kayla, 2019, digital print, Courtesy of the artist Naomi Hobson, What time Mr. Wolf “We leaving soon, going shop for buy smoke and drink before shop close, what time there Mr. Wolf?” Uncle Jimmy, 2019, digital print, Courtesy of the artist Naomi Hobson, Baby Pink “It’s her favourite colour.” Kayla, 2019, digital print, Courtesy of the artist Naomi Hobson, Play for FUN “We always muck-around play music. Keep everybody wake on this street, make them feel good.” Davis, 2019, digital print, Courtesy of the artist

 

 

Group Exhibitions | Highlighted Works

Staged Photography
22 Apr – 11 Jun 2023

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Naomi Hobson, Young Love (We been going out for nearly 12 months now. Kurtis is from Pormpaaraw. You know them Shortjoe mob? well that’s his mob. Ratarni) from the Adolescent Wonderland series, 2019, digital print, Purchased Cairns Art Gallery, 2019 Naomi Hobson, Time Joe (What time there Joe? Can’t take too long… have to go shop soon before it closes at four, pick my supply up for the weekend. Jimmy) from the Adolescent Wonderland series 2019, digital print, Purchased Cairns Art Gallery, 2019 Naomi Hobson, The God Child from the January First series, 2020-21, digital print, Courtesy of the artist and ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore Naomi Hobson, Road Play (She told mum she was taking me for a ride down the road but she not. Laine) from the Adolescent Wonderland series 2019, digital print, Purchased Cairns Art Gallery, 2019

FACELESS Transforming Identity: Blak/Black Artists from North Australia, Africa and the African Diaspora 
25 Jun – 2 Oct 2022

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Naomi Hobson, Fantastic 3 “Where the party at...?” Harry from the Adolescent Wonderland (Revisited) series 2020, digital print, Courtesy of the artist and ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore Naomi Hobson, River Mermaid “I’m here with my Mum, she over there fishing. I don’t feel like fishing. I just wanted to come down the river to play fun.” Veronay from the Adolescent Wonderland (Revisited) series 2020, digital print, Courtesy of the artist and ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore Naomi Hobson, Easter Man “Easter was last week man...!” Dylan from the Adolescent Wonderland (Revisited) series 2020, digital print, Courtesy of the artist and ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore Naomi Hobson, KFC Girls “...too early for photos, we haven’t done our hair first!” Leija from the Adolescent Wonderland (Revisited) series 2020, digital print, Courtesy of the artist and ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore

 

FNQ Contemporaries 2022
29 Jan – 6 Mar 2022

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Naomi Hobson, Where the Rain Fell, 2021, synthethic polymer paint on linen, Courtesy of the artist and ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore

 

RITUAL: the past in the present
15 May – 22 Aug 2021

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Naomi Hobson, The God Brothers from the January First series, 2020-21, digital print, Courtesy of the artist and ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore Naomi Hobson, The Promised One from the January First series, 2020-21, digital print, Courtesy of the artist and ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore Naomi Hobson, The Grandmother and The God Son from the January First series, 2020-21, digital print, Courtesy of the artist and ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore Naomi Hobson, The Great Grandmother from the January First series, 2020-21, digital print, Courtesy of the artist and ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore Naomi Hobson, The Great Grandmother from the January First series, 2020-21, digital print, Courtesy of the artist and ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore Naomi Hobson, The God Daughter from the January First series, 2020-21, digital print, Courtesy of the artist and ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore Naomi Hobson, The God Son from the January First series, 2020-21, digital print, Courtesy of the artist and ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore Naomi Hobson, The God Child from the January First series, 2020-21, digital print, Courtesy of the artist and ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore

 

FNQ Contemporaries 2021
5 Feb – 13 Mar 2021

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Cairns Art Gallery installation image

Reimagining: 
between tradition and innovation 

17 Oct 2020 – 10 Jan 2021

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Naomi Hobson, Iwayi 2019, Terracotta, white slip glaze, Collection of the artist, Courtesy of Redot Fine Art Gallery Naomi Hobson, Iwayi 2019, Terracotta, white slip glaze, Collection of the artist, Courtesy of Redot Fine Art Gallery Naomi Hobson, Iwayi 2019, Terracotta, white slip glaze, Collection of the artist, Courtesy of Redot Fine Art Gallery Naomi Hobson, Tapil (Shovel-nose Shark) 2020, Terracotta, white slip glaze, Collection of the artist, Courtesy of Redot Fine Art Gallery

Shifting the Narrative: Alternative Histories
27 Jun – 10 Oct 2020

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Naomi Hobson, A Bed No-more (I knew I would find him back here… he still thinking about our flower garden we use to have, aye Mick? And over there was where we tried to grow vegetables, beans and pumpkin. Mark) from the Adolescent Wonderland series, 2019, digital print, Purchased Cairns Art Gallery, 2019

ARTNOW FNQ 2015
27 Nov 2015 – 17 Feb 2016

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Naomi Hobson Reflections, 2015, synthetic polymer paint on linen, Courtesy of the artist and Alcaston Gallery Naomi Hobson, Old Man Moon, 2015, synthetic polymer paint on linen, Courtesy of the artist and Alcaston Gallery

 

Out of Queensland:
New Indigenous Textiles

17 Jul – 13 Sep 2015 

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Naomi Hobson, Pa'ii (Three sisters) 2015. Cairns Art Gallery Collection. Out of Queensland: New Indigenous Textiles install 2015, Cairns Art Gallery Out of Queensland: New Indigenous Textiles install 2015, Cairns Art Gallery

 

 

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