Andrew Hardwick’s work examines poetic and presented wilderness zones, representing a personal journey through landscape.

These works describe, without sentiment, the emotive energy experienced through the use of the gesture and texture of paint and material. However, the paintings are polluted with reminders of the contemporary world subverting the sublime through distorted, sometimes delicately and sometimes radically, subject matter.

It is a layered landscape, literally and metaphorically. The paintings are built with different types of paint, varnish, plaster, plastics, natural pigments, felt, hay and other unconventional materials. To this rich surface often relevant artefacts are added, suggesting intrinsic reminders or memories. The idea of a layered landscape is one that fits Hardwick’s experience of the open, its geology and history, being equally matched by idiosyncratic histories, memories of those who visit.

No image is left untouched by the awareness of change, memory, history or emotion, often the landscapes story or journey is intentionally opaque - these paintings remind us that we are but another layer in time.

Hardwick is based in Bristol, his studio is an old farm building on the land of his families farm where he grew up.


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EDUCATION


1987 - 90
Bath College of Art

1992 - 95
BA (Hons) Fine Art, University of the West of England, Bristol

1995 - 97
MA Fine Art, University of Wales, Cardiff, Wales


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

1991
Where the Avon meets the Severn, Sydney Place Gallery, Bath

1994
Alien Landscape, Veale Wagsborough Gallery, Bristol

1997
Deluge Chapter Arts Centre Cafe, Cardiff

1999
Elemental Landscapes, Michael Tippett Centre, Bath Spa University
Transient Land, The Viewpoint Gallery, Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth
Elemental Dynamics, Flax International Arts Centre, Belfast, Northern Ireland

2000
Between Land and Water The Phoenix Gallery, Brighton

2001
Earth Echoes, The London Road Gallery, Northwich, Cheshire
Earth, Sea and Sky with Clement McAleer, Kirkby Gallery, Liverpool

2002
Looking West, PSR, Hull

2003
Land, Sea and Sky, Thompsons Gallery, Stowe on the Wold Veiled Earth, Otter Gallery, University College Chichester, Chichester, West Sussex

2004
Between Land and Tide, South Tipperary Arts Centre, Clonmel, South Tipperary, Southern Ireland

2005
Fragmented Land, Folkestone Museum and Art Gallery, Folkstone, Kent
Tunnel Gallery, Tonbridge

2006
Forgotten Ground, Central Art Gallery, Ashton-under-Lyne, Manchester

2007
Atruim Gallery, Bournmouth University

2008
Estuary, Newport Museum and Art Gallery, South Wales

2009
Where the Sea Meets the Estuary, Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, North Devon

2010
Tidal Wilderness,Victoria Art Gallery, Bath

2011
Evanescent Earth, Millennium, St Ives

2013
Moor, Millennium, St. Ives

2015
Scarred Wilderness, Millennium, St. Ives


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2002
Summer Exhibition, Thompsons Gallery, Stow on the Wold

2003
Into the Light, Hot Bath Gallery, Bath

2004
Partial View, curated by Matthew Collins, Hot Bath Gallery, Bath

2006
Summer Show, Cube Gallery, Bristol

2007
Autumn Show, Royal West of England Academy

2010
Autumn Show, Royal West of England Academy

2010-2014
Mixed Winter Exhibition, Millennium, St. Ives

2011
London Art Fair, Business Design Centre, Islington

2014
The Power of the Sea, RWA, Bristol


CRITICAL REVIEWS, TELEVISION AND PRESS COVERAGE

Sarah Hughes, Visual Arts Review, Fine Time Magazine, 1997
Chapter Arts Centre Review, February 1997
Evening Herald, Visual Arts Preview, 1999
Phoenix Arts Review, 2000
Artscene, 2002
Yorkshire Television, Look North, Interview, 2002
Partial View Catologue South Tipperary Today, 2004
The Nationalist, 2004
Metro, Arts Review, 2008
Devon Life, 2009
Venue Magazine, 2010