It only takes one look at Guy Hobbs’ art to feel the strong connection between him and his subject matter. A self-taught artist, he has had a lifelong fascination with nature. That connection with his subject matter becomes profusely clear when looking at his many artworks.
“My goal is to create the experience of encountering an animal in the wild – that brief moment when you consider it and it considers you – that’s a very real connection to the world.”
His subjects are often looking directly at the viewer or at something ‘out of canvas’, they are not confined to the image.
“My aim is to try to steer clear of iconic interpretations. I try to capture life. It is the most important thing for me. Life is so diverse and so perfect and when I start looking at it as an artist, it blows my mind.
The placement of every feather or hair is unique and perfectly adapted – it is the ultimate in design.”
His internationally collected works reflect that passion seen in his art. Born in England, he has travelled extensively in Africa, Europe and North America and has now settled in Canada with his wife and two hounds.
“Canada is the perfect environment for me” he explains’ “to live somewhere where large wildlife still roams free and is not restricted to parks or reserves is fantastic.” As he works exclusively from his own photographs this direct access to nature is a huge asset. When he’s not working on a new piece, Guy spends much of his time exploring the back country of the Kootenays in search of his next subject. “It’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it…”