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Coen is my home. My family and country mean everything to me. I paint in my own personal space where I feel most comfortable including my back veranda, in the dry river beds, on the banks of my childhood fishing places as well as at the camp sites that my families have lived and spent time for thousands of years. I will take time to look at the miniature things, the tiny little things that nature hides.
Naomi Hobson is a Visual Artist who resides on the banks of the riverbeds where her grandparents were born. Her colourful abstract compositions act as a link between individuality and a shared identity. Her continual inspiration is the vast traditional lands of her ancestors surrounding the town of Coen in Queensland and her culture. More recently, Naomi is further inspired by the richness of cultural diversity she witnessed first-hand while exploring village life, rural farmlands and the organised urban chaos throughout South East Asia.
Hobson’s art work has been acquired by institutions including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, National Gallery of Victora, Melbourne, Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, and Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin. In June 2018, Hobson held her first overseas solo exhibition at Red Dot Gallery, Singapore.
In partnership with the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair in 2019, a special art-themed voyage on the Great Barrier Reef was accompanied by the renowned Cape York artist. Throughout the cruise, Naomi hosted ceramic workshops, with guests creating their own masterpieces onboard, inspired by Naomi’s own incredible works.
Coral Expeditions has also commissioned a unique piece of art from Naomi which will feature onboard our new ship, the Coral Geographer.