Avoiding picture postcard moments where possible, Katharine le Hardy 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.
2000 – 2003 BA (Hons) Fine Art University of the West of England, Bristol
1999 – 2000 Foundation Course University of the West of England, Bristol
2007 Runner up: Gilchrist Fisher Award, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
2006 Runner up, Royal Bath and West Scholarship
NADFAS Young Artist Prize, Guggleton Gallery, Stalbridge, Dorset
Highly Commended, Winsor and Newton Young Artist of the Year, Mall Galleries,