Adrian Hobbs is an artist based in Sydney, AU. His starting point is a series of tenets common to a variety of ways of conceptualizing Chaos which he then turns into paintings. This means his work can often be unexpected, idiosyncratic, and unique. However none of these quirks are an ambition he applies to his practice, they are simply the best way to form and visualize his concern; which is to confront and espouse the limits and excesses (ends and beginnings) of painting itself.
Although clearly based in, and happily defined by the craft of painting, his work takes tradition and reworks it into a contemporary arrangement that seeks to overstep and extend/reconsider the necessary limits painting, by virtue of it’s form, maintains. Further to this, his use of generic and simplified motifs and devices is a strategy to explicate this process while also enumerating the latent variety inherent to each - their own unique presence and peculiarity. An act he hopes emphasizes the individual/local over the universal/global through the nurturing of distinctive characteristics and independent presences.
So rather than a passive reiteration of something you might call an original or archetype; an already established mode of being, his work unfolds with the unending enumeration of the new. One firmly grounded in individual, earthly states and not abstract and generalizing constructs of rationalism that, through experience, have shown to diminish the human capacity for experience.