Hobaugh began his journey
growing up on a small farm in rural Indiana. It was not until his last
year in college when he took an Art History course that his path in
life was forever altered. He fell in love with the Old Masters and started
to teach himself to paint. After several years of self-education, he
returned to school to earn bachelors and master degrees in painting.
Developing a unique voice since his humble beginnings, Hobaugh’s works have been showcased in The Indiana State Museum and have become a part of the permanent collections of Purdue University and University of Wisconsin. His iconic paintings were chosen to be displayed at the Annual National Juried Exhibition in Chelsea, New York along with being awarded Best of Show at the "Show of Heads" exhibit in Hudson, New York. Hobaugh’s pieces have also been featured in prominent publications such as ARTnews, Visual Overture Magazine and KNEON Magazine. His paintings can also be found in the collections of Hollywood’s elite. He currently resides in Atlanta Georgia, where he paints and teaches art at Georgia State University.
“When Anthropologists want to learn about a forgotten culture in the jungles of Central America, or on the islands of the Mediterranean, they collect tools, dishware, ornaments, and figurines. These objects are often all that can speak for a long silenced people. I think about this when I walk through a Wal-Mart, Bed Bath and Beyond, or a Grocery store. What does all of this stuff say about us as a culture? I try to paint this ‘Stuffology.’ It is this stuff that makes up contemporary pop culture, and it is worth the time and effort to place it in a painting for examination and contemplation.
Now, a couple of generations
removed from my childhood, I also think it is worthwhile to compare
the toys, food, and influences of one generation to the next. And, although
the contemplation of a youth lost and the realization of getting older
can be depressing, it doesn’t have to be. So, I set up these comparisons
in my still-lifes with underlining comedy because a smile is always
better than the alternative.”
The Kinsey Institute for Research
in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, Bloomington, Indiana
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