Gwen Hardie
Medium: Painting

Studio Location:
126 13th Street
Studio # #4R, Studio 6


Artist Bio:
Born and educated in Scotland, Gwen Hardie lived and worked in London and Berlin before settling in New York City in 2000. Hardie's work was shown in 2018 at Kunst Rai in Amsterdam, with ASAP Gallery. She was represented in The British exhibition; "Reality: Modern and Contemporary British Painting" at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool and The Sainsbury Centre in Norwich with Lucien Freud, Jenny Saville and others, 2013 - 2015. Other shows include; "Skin Deep" a solo show at The Smoyer Gallery, Roanoke College, US in 2014, "Borderline; Depictions of Skin" at Garis & Hahn, New York City and "Skin; An Artistic Atlas", with John Coplans, Marlene Dumas and others at The Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin, Ireland. Her solo show "Boundaries", was in the Hebrides, Scotland, at An Lanntair and Taigh Chearsabhagh in 2012 / 2013 .
The Bogliasco Foundation in Italy, (2015 and 2006), Yaddo, MacDowell and the VCCA in America awarded her residencies. Her work has been reviewed in UK and US publications such as The Times, Art In America, The New York Times, The Glasgow Herald, The New Yorker, The Sunday Herald, Contemporary Visual Art, Time Out, The Scotsman and The Independent.

Hardie was the youngest living artist ever to be given a solo show at The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in 1990 in Edinburgh, Scotland. She lived in London in the 90s and had solo shows with galleries such as Annely Juda Fine Art and Fischer Fine Art.

Private and public collections that have bought her work include The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, British Council, London, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, and the Gulbenkian Collection, Lisbon.

Artist Statement:
My work explores color through the prism of skin, sunlight and shadow. I like the image of skin for its immediacy, intimacy and the fact that it demarcates the edge of our physical selves while acting as a boundary between inner and outer space.

Each tondo consists of two or three base oil colors, selected from my 'toolbox' of color studies of live models. I paint with warm and cool colors to reflect how light and shadow reveal the human form. The base colors are thinned with medium, appearing more transparent around the circumference, and contrasted with these same colors tinted with opaque white in the central area. The circumference has more texture and transitions to a thicker, smoother consistency across the 'body' of the painting.

The subtle effects of this way of using color evoke for me both intimate perceptual experience, such as an afterimage in our eyes or extreme close- ups of skin and how sunlight/shadow reveals the earth.

I am fascinated by how opacity can create an illusion of the concrete, tactile surface of the body, and transparency can register as depth, shadow and immateriality.

I use the tondo format because it expands the association of the body to the earth and it's rotation and also makes the painting look like a complete, three dimensional, spherical object.

All images and text copyright Gwen Hardie