Hoyer Cobb, Janet



“I am  inspired by the tactile connection between the subject and the artist. I enjoy working from life whenever possible and drawing is the foundation for many of my artworks. In this way I can explore the tactile connection with the wrapping paper of my subject; created by line both in its edge, and within the material surface. Painting permits me to study the ever-changing quality of that surface.”


Janet paints and teaches from her Studio at Avoca Beach.  Visits can be made to Janet’s Studio on specific days during the year as part of the 5 Lands Art Trail.

Janet works in a variety of media including oil, watercolour, and charcoal. Her continuing series of charcoal portraits focussing on older Australians began in 2006 with a solo exhibition at Gosford Regional Gallery. Janet has successfully exhibited in Europe and Australia and her paintings are in private, Municipal  and corporate collections worldwide.


2013 Mortimer Art Prize, 1st place for Figurative Art
2013 – Herald Sun Camberwell Rotary Watercolour – Works on Paper Prize
2013- 5 Lands Plein AirMortimer, Figurative Prize
2010- Royal Easter Show- Figurative – Award of Excellence
2009 – Royal Easter Show, Best Exhibit in Art (all categories)
2010- People’s Choice, Gosford Art Prize
2005 – Camberwell Watercolour- Works on paper
2003 – Shoalhaven Drawing
1996 – Newcastle Mattara Drawing
1994 – prizes at the regional shows: Tumut Watercolour, Singleton Open, Shoalhaven Open, Tamworth Open, Gloucester Miniature, Maitland Traditional, Liverpool Miniature
1991 – Maitland Watercolour Prize
1991 – Fairfield Watercolour prize
1990 – Tamworth Oil, Lidcombe Open – 1st prize



2012  Charity Fund Raising exhibition for Birthing
2010 Kit Foundation and Central Coast Zonta
2009 Habitat – Cooks Hill Gallery – Newcastle
2008 In terlude – Cooks Hill Gallery –Newcastle
2006  Gosford Regional Gallery- Journeys
2000  American Gallery – Brussels
2000 Commonwealth Gallery – Brussels
1999 Stephanie Gallery – Brussels
1998 Commonwealth Gallery – Brussels
1995  Okamoto Gallery – Sydney
1994 Terrigal Gallery, New South Wales



2014 – Embassy of Australia, Washington DC USA
2014 – Semi Finalist Doug Moran Portrait Prize
2013 – 5 Lands– Gosford Regional Gallery
2013 – Semi Finalist Doug Moran Portrait Prize
2013 – Selected Mortimer Art Prize
2013 – Portrait Artist Australia- NSW Parliament House Sydney
2013 – 5 Lands – Gosford Regional Gallery
2012 – Selected Mortimer Art Prize
2012 – Portrait Artists Australia- Parliament House Canberra


2009-2010 – Tom Bass Sculpture School – Mould Making and Carving
1997-2000 – Lived in Europe and studied 19th Century European Art from Major European Collections and Galleries
1997-1998 – Sculpture at RHOK Art Academie – Brussels, Belgium.
1995-1997 Tonal Studies with Graham Inson – Sydney
1986-1991  Diploma in Portraiture and Figure Studies, Julian Ashton Art School – Sydney


Janet Hoyer Cobb with her portrait of Yantra de Vilder, PAA exhibition 2012

Janet Hoyer Cobb with her portrait of Yantra de Vilder, PAA exhibition 2012

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