Daryl Hobson: Profile Having been interested in the making of art for many years, his work is varied through many areas of practice and styles. Through painting, drawing and sculpture the artist creates surreal and sometimes fearful imagery of the darker side of the psyche. However, often to contrast this, natural images and paintings such as the ‘Withered Sunflowers’ 2009 which although still dealing with a darker style of painting, relinquish the subject matter that dominates the surreal aspects of the paintings before it. In his sculptures, Daryl often utilises strong industrial materials, such as steel, inspired by minimalism, his work features the colouration of such boxes with rust to alter the nature of the materials through environmental and physical change. Focused upon exploring the fabric of the material and the malleability steel has, when traditionally considered a hard material to work with and distort. ‘I prefer working with the industrial grade materials and objects as we live in an age where we are surrounded by the products of such industries. Steel, Glass, Machinery all shape our cities and lives thoroughly. Exploring their nature, is in turn exploring the city and where we live.’ Looking forward, Daryl has been experimenting with alternatives to the simplistic and minimalist use of steel as a material, looking at found objects and materials as a basis for his art making. ‘Currently I am exploring the use of found objects, materials dated and worn by time and weather. If looking at steel as a material when new and un-used, formless, is exploring the present and possible future, I consider the use of found and deteriorated objects to be investigating the past and exploring our industrial histories’ Through the tattoo design, body art and band designs already created, having worked with bands such as Darkcreed and Morbidity as well as creating art for many local bands, this area of creativity offers Daryl an outlet for his artistic freedom, rarely working from a brief, however happy to do so, his artistic freedom in this area often leads to very surreal designs and outcomes. The ‘Resurrected…’ works for Darkcreed and submissions of designs to Municipal Waste in 2008 serve as examples for his style of drawing and artistic license.