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Annabelle Tim Hogben

Sat 12 Feb 2022 - Sun 17 Apr 2022





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Annabelle Tim Hogben

Hold Me Tight, I Speak A Different Language

Exeter Phoenix Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of recent paintings by Devon-based artist Annabelle Tim Hogben that explore issues of representation, identity and the self.

This collection of large canvases are shown together here for the first time, alongside examples of a parallel drawing practice, forming Annabelle Tim’s first solo exhibition in a public gallery. They present us with a series of scaled-up representations of bodies, or body parts, that appear folded into the frame and variously twist, writhe, grasp and support, or else are overlaid in various states of hyper-representation, warped scale and abstraction. By turns stark, humorous and confrontational, they may invite us in, meet us with a direct, unflinching gaze or place us in the uncomfortable position of the voyeur.

Annabelle’s practice draws on a lifetime of working in care environments and often employs self-portraiture as a tool to avoid directly identifying individuals who are referenced in the work. In this way, the artist is able to explore vulnerability and strength, appropriation and play, performance and identity, as well as to unpack some of their own identity in order to connect to others.

This exhibition forms part of our Platform programme, which offers artists based in the South West region opportunities to test out ideas, new work and recent developments in their practice.


ANNABELLE TIM HOGBEN: Hold Me Tight, I Speak A Different Language, 2021


Sat 12 Feb | 3-5pm 

Join the artist for a drink and the first chance to see the new exhibition on its opening day.

Meet The Artist
Sat 5 Mar | 10-5pm 

An opportunity to meet Annabelle Tim Hogben, who will be present in the gallery throughout the day to informally introduce the exhibition, answer questions and discuss their practice.


ATH gained an MA in Painting at Plymouth College of Art, receiving a Distinction and the Deans Award, in 2021. Prior to this, Annabelle developed a research-led practice from 2014 – 2019 alongside an on-going background working in care contexts, including early-years practitioner from 1988-2000 and in adult care from 2014 onwards.

In 2020/21 The painting ‘Led A Merry Dance’ was exhibited at Manchester City Art Gallery as part of Grayson Perrry’s Art Club.

Other recent exhibitions include at Derriford Postgraduate Medical School and Maketank, Exeter.

Anabelle Tim Hogben 


Image Credit: Annabelle Tim Hogben, Double Self-portrait,  2021

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