Louise Hardy graduated from the Ruskin School at Oxford University with a BA in Fine Art. After a post-graduate diploma in Film and Television Design, she worked in the film industry, at international design agency Pentagram and then at the Whitechapel Gallery in London, before returning to painting full-time. She was subsequently awarded an international travel scholarship to Israel, resulting in a sell-out London show on her return. Regular exhibitions have followed since, of work inspired by the riverscape of London and the Docklands, the depiction of the bleak Welsh landscapes of the Brecon Beacons, and a body of dynamic figure-based ink paintings.
Her recent work uses oil paint, a relatively new medium to her practice, and one which perfectly suits her expressive mark-making, love of texture and multiple translucent layering, applied with great effect to create atmospheric, colour-saturated pictures that have a luminosity and dream-like quality. Her influences are many, amongst them the work of Richard Diebenkorn, Peter Doig, Sigmar Polke and Egon Schiele.
She has lived and worked beside the River Thames and, again and again, she returns to the river as her main source of inspiration. Watching Canary Wharf being built from her second-floor studio in Peckham, she charted the rise of London’s new monument and its emerging and evolving skyline. The graphic, structural quality of the urban cityscape and its aerial topography are often the starting point for her work.
She has previously been selected for the Singer/Friedlander Competition, Discerning Eye, the Society of Women Artists Open and represented at Battersea’s Affordable Art Fair. Her work is held in private collections, both nationally and internationally, including major purchases by Reuters and the Financial Services Authority based at Canary Wharf.
She lives in London and paints in the studio at the bottom of her garden.
“Louise Hardy’s oils have enriched my home for years. They have that rare quality of an immediate attraction which never fades, even decades later. It will be same with her newest work. Once more she has painted the Thames – its light and its flow, its power and its glow, with a palette worthy of Turner but unmistakeably her own.” Sir Ian McKellen, Actor
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