John Hardy, ‘Soho Sunday (Susan Caldwell), Gallery Denizens, Signed Pop Art Lithograph’, 20th Century, Lions Gallery

John Hardy was born in Tours, France, 1923, He spent his childhood in various parts of the country including New York, Virginia, and North Carolina, and later lived in Florida and Georgia.
His travels outside the USA include Europe, Greece, Egypt, Kenya, Uganda, the Caribbean Islands, Panama, and Mexico. In 1942, he married Betty Blackman, with whom he lived for 26 years and raised four children. He served in the Army from 1940 to 1945, spending 16 months in Europe during World War II. At age 52, he moved to New York City with Page Ogden, to whom he was married for 12 years. He subsequently lived with Naomi Lionni, who died in 1992.
He taught drawing and painting from 1958 to 1981, first at the Atlanta College of Art, and subsequently at the College of Architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology and at New York University.
A figurative painter known especially for his portraits, cityscapes, and seascapes, his work captured the depth and complexity of his subjects with empathy, humor, and, in some cases, astute social commentary. According to Gail Levin, an art historian, professor, and author specializing in the art of the 20th and 21st centuries, “Like those of Edward Hopper and Reginald Marsh, Hardy’s paintings often imply multi-layered meanings, enabling him to distill the essence of a cultural moment. . . . He selects and manipulates with an uncanny power, achieving ironic realism.”
Select Solo Exhibitions

2006 “New Paintings,” DFN Gallery, New York, NY
2003 “It’s up to you, New York, New York,”Susan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2002 “Portraits,” Lizan Tops Gallery. Easthampton, NY
“The New Collections,” DFN Gallery, New York, NY
2000 Undercroft Gallery, St. Anne’s School, Brooklyn, NY
1996 Brenda Taylor Gallery (two-person with Joan Semmel), New York, NY
1994 Hurlbutt Gallery, Greenwich, CT
1993 Michael Walls Gallery, New York, NY
J. Gibson/Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington, DC
Bologna-Landi Gallery, Easthampton, NY
1991 Ratner Gallery, Chicago, IL
1990 Haines Lundberg Waehler Architecture Gallery, New York, NY
1989 MacIntosh Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1988 Cress Fine Arts Center, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, TN
Huntington Museum, Huntington, WV
Museum of Western Virginia, Roanoke, VA
1987 Georgia Museum of Art (two person), Athens, GA
1986 Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon, GA
1985 Lamar Dodd Art Center, La Grange College, GA
1984 Armstrong Gallery, New York, NY
Tweed Gallery, “The Wedding Show”, New York, NY
1982 Stanley and Schenke Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Joanna Dean Gallery (two person), New York, NY
1979 Rice University, Houston, TX
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
1978 “The Human Figure in Contemporary Painting and Sculpture in the U.S.”, Genesis Gallery, New York, NY
Sardoni Gallery, Wilkes College, Wilkes-Barre, PA
"The Best of New York” Root Art Center, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY
1972 Aronson Midtown Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Brentwood Gallery, Brentwood, CA

Select Group Exhibitions
2007 New York at Night, DFN Gallery, New York, NY
2005 10th Anniversary Show, DFN Gallery, New York, NY
2004 NYC, DFN Gallery, New York, NY
Springs Annual Artists Invitational, Easthampton, NY
2002 Tribeca Works on Paper Show, DFN Gallery, New York, NY
New York Artists, Swans Coachouse Gallery, Atlanta, GA
New York, New York, Lizan Tops Gallery, Easthampton, NY
2001 By the Sea, Lizan Tops Gallery, Easthampton, NY
Winter Show, Lizan Tops Gallery, Easthampton, NY
2000 Private Worlds, Art in General, New York, NY
Summer Show, DFN Gallery, New York, NY
1999 Artists' Studio Benefit Tour, Art in General, New York, NY
By the Sea, Lizan Tops Gallery, Easthampton, NY
Works on Paper, Lizan Tops Gallery, Easthampton, NY
Rutgers Faculty and Friends, Mason Gross, New Brunswick, NJ
Passion of Paint, Richard Anderson Gallery, New York, NY
Acquisitions 1999, Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, TN
Acquisitions 1999, Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA
Acquisitions 1999, Macon Museum of Art, Macon, GA
1997 Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA
1996 Brenda Taylor Gallery, New York, NY
1989 Uddoh Gallery, New York, NY
1988 Artists' Union, Kiev, Russia
1986 Mattress Factory, Nexus, Atlanta, GA
1984 Die Techische Universitat, West Berlin, Germany
Armstrong Gallery, New York, NY
Tweed Gallery, Plainfield, NJ
Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, NC
Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1983 Sid Deutch Gallery, New York, NY
Stephen Rosenberg Gallery, New York, NY
Arbitrage Gallery, New York, NY
1981 Arts For Living Center, Henry Street Settlement, New York, NY
1980 Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
1979 National Collection of Fine Art, Washington, DC
1977 Genesis Gallery, New York, NY
Root Art Center, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY
1976 Paul Kessler Gallery, Provincetown, MA
Roko Gallery (three person), New York, NY
1974 High Museum, Atlanta, GA
Le Moyne Foundation Gallery, Tallahassee, FL
Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon, GA
1973
Dalton Galleries/Agnes Scott College (three person), Atlanta, GA
Piano Gallery, Hilton Head, SC

Select Collections
Public
Brooklyn Museum – New York, NY
High Museum - Atlanta, GA
Mint Museum - Charlotte, NC
National Museum of American Art - Washington, D.C
Museum of Western Virginia
Hunter Museum of American Art - Chattanooga, TN
Morris Museum of Art - Augusta, GA
Macon Museum of Arts & Sciences - Macon, GA
U.S. State Department - Washington, D.C.
Art in Embassies Program
Georgia Council of the Arts - Atlanta, GA
Greenville County Museum - Greenville, SC
National Museum of American Art
New York Historical Society

University
Rockefeller Collection, Spellman College, Atlanta, GA
Columbia University Law School
Foster Gallery, Louisiana State University
Grey Art Gallery, New York University
Georgia State University Student Union
Georgia Institute of Technology Faculty Lounge
Lamar Dodd Art Center, La Grange College
Museum of Art, University of Iowa
Sewell Gallery, Rice University
George Cress Art Center, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Corporate
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, and Garrison Law Firm, New York, NY
Reader's Digest Lila Acheson Wallace Fund, White Plains, NY
Near North Agencies, Chicago, IL
Southerland Asbill & Brennan Law Firm, Atlanta, GA
Cousins Development Corporation, Atlanta, GA
Carter & Associates Real Estate, Atlanta, GA
Kilpatrick Cody Law Firm, Atlanta, GA
Kutak Rock Campbell Law Firm, Atlanta, GA
King & Spalding Law Firm, Atlanta, GA
The Mead Collection, Atlanta, GA

Private
Thum Collection, Dallas, TX
Wilber Collection, Sarasota, FL
Walter and Joan Mondale Collection
Birchfield Collection, Boston, MA
Charles Ackerman Collection, Atlanta, GA
Edwards/Waitzkin Collection, Washington DC
Feder/Freidenbergs Collection, New York, NY
Franceline Prat Collection, Paris
Frances Aronson Collection, Antibes & Atlanta, GA
James Dickey Collection
Jimmy and Roslyn Carter Collection
Kornfeld Collection, Scarsdale, NY
Michelle Urry Collection, New York, NY
Julius Gould Collection, Lake Success, NY
Phillip Walden, Capricorn Records, Nashville, TN
Ratner Collection, Chicago, IL
Roger Kennedy, Ford Foundation, New York, NY

1996-1997 Pollock Krasner Foundation
Atlanta School of Art - High Museum
Andrews, Benny (forward) and Heit, Janet (essay). John Hardy 1965 to 1985: A Retrospective, cat. New York: New York Foundation for the Arts.
Winters, Harold. "Hardy-Rothko Relationship." Houston, TX: The Rice Thresher, March.
Sterling, William. "John Hardy's Paintings." Wilkes-Barre, PA: Sordoni Gallerie Briefs, March.
Betz, Margaret. "John Hardy, Genesis Galleries." Review Art News, New York, February.
"Goings on About Town," Exhibition Review. New York: The New Yorker, January.
Burnett on art. "Pop Art Symbolism." Atlanta, GA: Atlanta Journal/Constitution, January.

John C. Hardy, died in New York City on Oct. 10 2014.

Condition: Good

About John Hardy

John Hardy paints narrative scenes of contemporary life often populated with solitary figures, works that the artist considers psychological portraits of isolation and loneliness. Self-taught, Hardy considers himself “fundamentally a formalist,” though he formerly painted in the style of Abstract Expressionism. In 1975, upon moving to New York, his interest shifted to depicting scenes of everyday life—or what he calls “phases and stages” of people in the city. Hardy now paints in a representational style, though he purposely distorts proportions and perspective so that figures and objects seem to float above their backgrounds.

American, Tours, France, based in New York, New York