Essays

  • Enveloped by the Sky

    Enveloped by the Sky

    Sigrid Langker, July 2015

    I remember seeing your beautiful work in Danks Street Sydney and would love to see your next inspiration. I love your work, it makes me feel so calm and serene, you capture the energy in the sky with such softness and fluidity. It resonates with my great experiences traveling the country and being enveloped by the sky.

    I am reminded of the mystery and power of nature when I look at your pictures, the unknown force that surrounds us.… Continued

  • Anita Hochman New Paintings

    Anita Hochman New Paintings

    George Alexander, June 2012

    When artists bring their attention to nature, they try and capture those moods that a landscape, seascape or skyscape excites in us. Sometimes they are semiconscious or half-formed feelings. Moonlight reflected in mid-ocean, a sea crashing on a deserted beach, an isolated forest: these can be lonely and spiritual, or thrilling, even heartbreaking, things.

    Looking up into the sky is to immerse your eyes in immensity.… Continued

  • Thoughts On My Painting

    Thoughts On My Painting

    Anita Hochman, 2012

    A note to my brother Mike Hurst

    every body of work is really a journey. often for me it’s a journey without a clear destination. that makes it a difficult road. but i’ve learnt that my best work leads me. so i need to be there painting every day and each work points on towards the next. rather than seeing the end point and trying to impose that idea on the painting.… Continued

  • Leaving the Ground with New Paintings by Anita Hochman

    Leaving the Ground with New Paintings by Anita Hochman

    Louise Martin-Chew, 2011

    Anita Hochman’s recent landscapes are delineated by gesture, brushstroke and colour. Many of these abstracted vignettes, in their metallic and iridescent colours, have a mirage-like changeability, the reflection on their surfaces reading differently depending on the position of the viewer, much as a landscape or seascape may change with the day, weather conditions, or even with a state of mind, over minutes, hours, days.… Continued

  • The Theatre of Landscape

    The Theatre of Landscape

    Professor Mostyn Bramley-Moore, 2006

    Anita Hochman’s Recent Paintings

    In Tristes Tropiques (1955), Claude Lévi-Strauss talks eloquently about sunset.  As daylight weakens the sun is for him an architect, and then, as the light falls away even more, it becomes a painter.  As night gathers, the imagination is released.

    Anita Hochman, in her recent paintings has presented us with landscapes built of light, gathering darkness and enigma. … Continued

  • Opening Address, ‘Landscapes’,

    Opening Address, ‘Landscapes’,

    Lois Randall, 2006

    Lismore Regional Art Gallery

    ‘Landscapes’ charts the inner territory of the emotions – to me these works are both turbulent and serene. There is a notable shift in this series of larger works, a departure from her use of strong colour. The absence of colour in these works – the brooding reduced palette of silver, graphite and black and the metallic surfaces which reflect light – create shifting visual and emotional experiences.… Continued