RICHARD HOBLOCK: View From the Cheap Seats

SURRENDER, 2018, Oil on linen, 60 x 42 inches


Dates: September 15, 2018 - November 10th, 2018

Press Release

Richard Hoblock extends the practice of traditional abstraction beyond the basic tenets of gesture, color, and form, by an excavation of the interstitial spaces. Profuse with layer upon layer of sumptuous paint, and infused with various oils to create a sensual undulation of luster, each painting appears to breathe, giving life with the ever-changing light.
Characterized by a precise dynamism and deliberate gesture, while structured with formal strength, Hoblock’s paintings are experiential. Bold artistic signatures complement deeply complex surfaces, while the sophistication of his gestures signify a mode of communication that is wordless and beyond materiality. Transcending both language and time to evoke a myriad of emotional states, his paintings reveal a feeling of unrealized paintings of the past, as well as portending life’s inevitable joy and pain.


Hoblock’s autographic markings stir up and suspend places in our imagination we choose to deny or for which we desperately yearn. Radiant biomorphic shapes create private sensual moments, as if the immediacy of flesh is carved out with visceral glee. On viewing these works, this liminal space places us between desire and destruction. We bask in the portal of transcendence and possibilities — “ecstasy before the void is always fleeting.” (Bataille)

Richard Hoblock was born in New York, lives and works in San Francisco. He graduated from University of New Hampshire, B.A.; graduated from University of California, Los Angeles, M.F.A.. Solo exhibitions include; Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA; Kim Light/Lightbox Los Angeles, CA; The Los Angeles Billboard Project, Los Angeles, CA, and Chimento Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA.