Deborah Hobson

Lives and works in London, UK


                          Artist Statement               


My objective as a Black artist and political activist is to create work which is socially engaged, stimulates or provokes radical dialogue or disturbs the status quo. The focus of my practice is mainly portraiture where I use graphite pencil, charcoal, pastel, watercolour, acrylic and oil paints on paper and canvas. I also produce nudes using the same mediums and collages.


Currently, my portraits are based on original photographic images I take and some sourced stills. My subjects are prominent Black political campaigners whom I have worked with, friends and family and some well-known Black figures in popular culture. There are instances where my drawings and paintings of people have been pegged to news stories that have captured my interest as a Black journalist.

I feel greatly encouraged to expand the potential of my practice and its ability to influence, through experimentation and research using the different platforms and opportunities available to me on the MA Fine Art course at UAL Chelsea. I have the space to consider my work in the context of new possibilities like text, dialogues, typography, video production and book design.Concepts like psychogeography, the relationship between land and identity and the use of augmented reality technology, will I hope, feature in future work as well as the idea of embodied cognition and investigation into the creative political encounter between artist and observer.



2020 to 2021 MA Fine Art, University of the Arts London, Chelsea College of Arts.


2017 to 2020 BA (Hons) Drawing, University of the Arts London, Camberwell College of Arts.


2012 to 2013 Studied under artist Tony Hull at City Lit, Keeley Street, London. Classes in Drawing Continued, Drawing into Painting, Painting Continued and Reading a paint surface.



2021, Concord Art prize exhibition, 180 the Strand, Temple, London WC2R 1EA


2021, Babylon Arts, I Matter online exhibition.


2021, Persist, Persevere, Be, IncuArts Gallery online exhibition.


2021, Stations 2021, Arts Chaplaincy Projects online exhibition.


2021, Heterotopia MA Chelsea Fine Art Festival online exhibition.


2020, Late at Tate Britain online exhibition.


2020, Leave only traces exhibition, the Copeland Gallery, Unit 91, Copeland Park, 133, Copeland Road, London SE15 3SN.


2019, New Camberwell Art 19/20, the Camberwell Student Led Gallery, UAL Camberwell College of Arts, London SE5 8UF.


2019, Fall Exhibition, studios, UAL Camberwell College of Arts, London SE58UF.


2019, Merge exhibition, CGP London: The Gallery, Southwark Park, London SE16 2UA.


2018, Hotel Elephant, Spare Street, London SE17 3EP in 2017.


2015, Selected for the BBC’s Big Painting Challenge exhibition at the Whitworth Gallery, Gallery Road, Manchester M15 6ER.


2014, Selected for the Dulwich Picture Gallery Open Exhibition, Gallery Road, London SE21 2UA.



2021, Finalist, Concord Art Prize.


2020, Shortlisted for the UAL Frank Bowling Scholarship.


2015, The Eaton Fund grant.