Recent Works


by Frank Hobbs
November 4th to January 7th

New, large-scale paintings by Frank Hobbs will be on exhibit from November 4th to January 7th in Washington and Lee University’s Ernest Williams II School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics. A reception will be given on Thursday, November 4th at 5:00 p.m. in the Williams School with the artist giving a talk at 5:30 p.m. in room 221. The public is invited to attend.

The artist states that “the work in this show was all created in the past two years and represents an ongoing fascination with man’s presence in, and effect on, nature. Bridge forms, roadways, construction sites, industrial and abandoned areas are, for me, fraught with formal beauty and painterly potential. As a painter I enjoy, and have learned to trust, the tension conferred upon the process of painting by engaging visually with a specific place, a specific time, and a specific set of complex conditions of light and space. In painting it’s my hope to capture not so much the subject, per se, but something of the energy that arises out of the struggle to see and respond to the subject in all of its ‘blooming and buzzing confusion’ to borrow from Henry James.”

The artist was born in 1957 in Lynchburg, Virginia. He studied art at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He attended American University in Washington, D.C., where he earned his Master of Fine Art in 1984. He currently lives in Richmond, Virginia, where he has a studio. He formerly lived in Staunton, Virginia, for 15 years.

He taught at Washington and Lee University from 1987 until 2004 and at the Beverley Street Studio in Staunton, which he co-founded in 1992. He is a recipient of fellowships and grants by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center.

His work is in the permanent collections of numerous corporations, colleges and individuals across the country. Hobbs is currently represented in Richmond by the Reynolds Gallery; in Charlotte, North Carolina, by Hodges-Taylor Gallery; and in Charleston, West Virginia, by Callen McJunkin Gallery.

The Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics is open every day from 8:00 a.m. until midnight and admission is free.


From the Rails, 16" x 48" $3600.00

Vermont - The Gihon River, 8" x 24" $1200.00

Red Truck (Morrisville, Vermont, 24" x 24", $2200.00

Bailey Island, Maine - "Wall", 15" x 15", $1500.00

Parked Cars, Yellow Building (Staunton, VA), 12" x 16", $1200.00

Winter, Bath County, Virginia, 8" x 15", $900.00

Winter Fields, Early Morning, 30" x 48", $3600.00

Road Construction, 36" x 48", SOLD

Winter, Before Dark, 30" x 48", SOLD