Born in Saskatchewan in 1950, Gregory Hardy is considered the next generation of Canadian landscape artists in contemporary art. As a self-taught painter he has developed a highly-regarded practice, and is regarded as a leading exponent of this field with exhibitions throughout Canada. Hardy’s landscapes are inspired by two great leaders of Canadian art, Knowles and William Perehudoff, who are both represented by Han Art gallery.
Hardy distances himself from the traditions of landscape painting by rejuvenating this stoic image with a personal, ecological, physiological, and philosophical expression. Hardy is often affiliated with Paterson Ewen, and Lawren Harris, who assume a new attitude towards nature, whereby Hardy applies a unique perspective of color with a quality of light that abstracts our representational world shattering horizons. His paintings explore the expressive power of landscape art, depicting the naturalism of the landscape combined with a theatrical use of light and color. His work is full of nuances and intangibles, minimal or detailed gestures, and movements that are intrinsically rendered in a contemporary landscape painting. His abstract-expressionist formations of clouds are and delicately suspended over a background of color-field painting; casting the subject with a distinctly different character and contemplative view.
Although Hardy’s sketches are taken in situ, his landscapes are not so much descriptive of a certain place or moment in time, as they are manifest in the aesthetic dimension of our experience Although there are many contrasts imbued in the dramatic effect of these paintings, it is the sublime beauty of its balance charges the emotional atmosphere. Hardy evokes this shift from light to darkness and signals an overshadowing of imminent chaos before the storm, while at the same time the calmness and serenity that follows it. Hardy reflects this duality in our physche with the changing sky, and brings a sense of humanity to the landscape. The lyrical tendency and timeless quality in his compositions transform the prairies, and compel us into this landscape.
Han Art Gallery is honored to represent Gregory Hardy with this exhibition and feature his work with this show.