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Gwen Hardie

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"Body 01.14.10" and my hand for scale, 42 inch tondo, oil , 2010
"Body 01.24.11", 42 inch tondo, oil, 2011
Detail of "Body 12.30.10", 42 inch tondo, 2010
"Body 02.11.09", 48 inch tondo, 2009
"Body 03.30.09", 36 x 30 inch oval, 2009
Artist's Statement

The body in art and painting is central to my work. Using rigorous oil-painting techniques that recall classical painting, I apply a conceptual focus to the representation of the figure. The illusion I present is a small portion of skin, hugely magnified.
Painting from life, I examine simultaneously translucent and reflective light conditions on the surface of the skin; capturing with the human eye what I believe the camera lens is incapable of recording.
Working exclusively with natural sunlight, I blend together close values of warm and cool colors and light and dark tones to create an optical vibration that resonates with life. Sunlight creates an illusion of shifting depths of field and vast open spaces in this small view of skin.
The image is encircled within a tondo to further associations with other natural phenomena and suggest a complete universe within.


Hardie has shown with the Lennon Weinberg Gallery and Dinter Fine Art, and has been offered residencies at Yaddo, MacDowell ,VCCA and The Bogliasco Foundation. Her work will be shown in the Royal Scottish Academy in April 2012 in Edinburgh and at An Lanntair, Stornoway, Outer Hebrides of Scotland, in the summer of 2012 . Hardies’ recent Body Tondi paintings were featured in “Portraiture; Inside Out” ,Seton Hall University and “Inner and Outer Landscapes; Contemporary Self- Portraiture, at the A.D. Gallery, UNCP, in March 2011.

Her work has been reviewed in many UK and US publications such as Art In America, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Sunday Herald, Contemporary Visual Art, Time Out, The Scotsman and The Independent. Private and public collections include The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, British Council, London, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh.