Barnaby Hosking has gained international acclaim for an original practice, which brings together the rigorous formalism of minimalist art with subject matter of a personal and emotional nature. Hosking delights in materials, allowing the medium to communicate through its own materiality. Through the minimal use of brass in his butterfly and bird sculptures, and the subtle engagement with velvet and printing techniques, his works give equal importance to both process and subject. Hosking often isolates himself within specific locations, such as Nordkapp Island in Norway for his Snow Paintings, or more recently Houghton Hall Estate in Norfolk for his velvet works, in order to find a mental and spiritual space and focus. The resulting work embodies this silence and contemplation, and the presence of the artist and his intention is both implied and removed.
Barnaby Hosking was born in Norwich (1976) and lives and works in London. His work has been exhibited at York Art Gallery, (York, UK), the A-Foundation, the Royal Academy, London. Additional solo exhibitions include Almine Rech Gallery (Paris), Max Wigram (London), Patrica Low (Geneva). Hosking's work has also been shown at: the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art; in the 2nd Moscow Biennial; Imagination Becomes Reality (Part V) at the Goetz Collection (Munich); ZKM (Karlsruhe); the 2006 Echigo - Tsumari Art Triennial (Japan); Northern Light at The Rubell Family Collection; and New Blood at The Saatchi Gallery.
Barnaby Hosking's work is also included in the following collections: Cohen Collection, Manchester; UKFundacio Sorigue, Ileida, Spain; Collezione La Gaia, Busca, Italy; Goetz Collection, Munich, Germany; Honart Museum, Tehran, Iran; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK; Rattan Chadha Foundation, Bergen; The Netherlands; Rubell Family Collection, Miami, USA.