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Katharine Le Hardy

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Degree: Fine Art
University: University of West of England, Bristol
Graduation Year: 2003

New Blood Art Statement

Avoiding picture postcard moments where possible, Katharine is drawn to structures, often abandoned and decaying, depicting how they inhabit the landscape around them. Working from memory and photographic references, the process of applying layers of paint, scraping back, obliteration, allows the painting to take its own fluid course giving it a life of its own. Although firmly rooted in representation Katharine’s work embodies an abstract drama which points beyond visual representation and towards the essence of her subject matter. 

Artist Statement

Since Spring 2018 I have been documenting the regeneration of the Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium. The Wimbledon dogs was the last remaining track in Greater London to still be hosting regular meetings until it was closed late last year. I have made weekly visits to the site to photograph and document the progress being made as the stadium is demolished and the site is slowly being prepared for the next phase of its development as it becomes the new home for AFC Wimbledon. Watching large sections of the stadium being dismantled and taking on new forms as each layer of the building is stripped back to its bare bones has given me a whole different perspective on the scale and historical significance of this place. After 90 years, and thousands of memories, it feels poignant to record this final chapter. The vulnerability of a building reduced down to its naked shell has allowed me to capture moments which really highlight the passage of time and has provided me with a wealth of imagery from which to work from.

Solo Exhibitions

2019, Dog Days, Northcote Gallery, London
2018, Eyots and Aits, Zimmer Stewart, Arundel
2016, New Paintings, Northcote Gallery, London
2014, Kew Gardens, Northcote Gallery, London
2013, New paintings, Updown Gallery, Ramsgate
2013, New Forest, Zimmer Stewart Gallery, Arundel
2012, New paintings, Cricket Fine Art, Chelsea
2011, New Paintings, Zimmer Stewart Gallery, London
2009, New paintings, Zimmer Stewart Gallery, Arundel

Group Exhibitions

2018, Painting the Anthropocene, One Paved Court, Richmond
2014, London Art Fair, Envie d'art, London
2013, Let me Introduce, Updown Gallery, Ramsgate
2012, Gilchrist Fisher Award 21st, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
2011, Summer Show, Cricket Fine Art, Chelsea
2008, Gilchrist Fisher Award 21st, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London

Competitions, Prizes & Awards

2007, Runner up, Gilchrist Fisher Award, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
2019, Premium Art Award, Society of Women Artists, London

Original works:

Making Paper

By Katharine Le Hardy

£2200

Mutts Silver

By Katharine Le Hardy

£1100

Iguassu Falls

By Katharine Le Hardy

£4700

Our Mutual Friend

By Katharine Le Hardy

£7000

Old Machine Workshop

By Katharine Le Hardy

£4200

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