Born at Derby in 1945, Richard Hobson’s family moved to the North East of England when he was a child. After taking his national design diploma at Newcastle College in 1965 he worked in London designing furniture and interiors.
He returned to the North East to undertake similar design work for Swan Hunter Shipbuilders. He then went on to study for a diploma in the conservation of easel paintings at Gateshead College and become Conservator at the Bowes Museum, a position he held for 31 years alongside a successful career as a professional artist.
Richard Hobson held his first solo exhibition at the Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead, in 1972. He exhibited continuously throughout his career, showing work at The Royal Academy, the Royal Scottish Society of Watercolour Painters and at numerous galleries in London, Northumbria, Cumbria and Wales.
He lived at Blaydon, near Gateshead, and later at nearby Ryton (both of these addresses appear on the back panel of the frame on this picture). He died in 2004.
The artworks of Richard Hobson are now highly desirable and sought after by art collectors. His work is held by Tyne and Wear Museums and in private collections nationally. An exhibition of the artist’s paintings and monotypes was held at the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle-upon-Tyne from November 2016 to February 2017.
Blyth Yacht Race by Richard Hobson (1945-2004). Signed with initials ‘RH’ and dated 1990. Monotype, 26 cms x 26 cms.
Framed in plain wooden frame and with artist’s Ryton and Blaydon addresses stamped and printed in ink on frame backboard. Titled on exhibition label.