AboutKatharine Le Hardy returns to the Zimmer Stewart Gallery with an exciting new body of work: a series of canvasses and framed oil on board paintings inspired by her recent visit to South America.
Katharine le Hardy went to South America for a month to gather source material, visiting Brazil and Argentina. She covered as much ground as possible taking in the huge diversity of dramatic landscape that these countries have to offer. Katharine was particularly struck by the jungle of southern Brazil and the landscape of the Calchaquies Valley in northern Argentina.
Since her return Katharine has worked from sketches and photographs, developing them into larger scale drawings and paintings in her studio. The strength of colour present in these landscapes has had a direct effect on my colour palette with my usual muted tones being replaced by rich greens, vibrant pinks and blues.
Katharine Le Hardy (born 1981) studied Fine Art at the University of the West of England in Bristol graduating in 2003.
Since then she has regularly shown her work in London and throughout the UK, including the Chichester Open (now the NAOC) in 2005 and Smithfield Gallery, London in 2010 (solo show) and Chapel Row Gallery, Bath in 2009 (mixed show "Lay of the Land").
In 2005 she was Highly Commended, Young Artist of the year at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and was awarded the NADFAS young artist prize, Guggleton Gallery, Dorset. In 2006 she was runner up at the Royal Bath and West Art Scholarship prize. In January 2008 Katharine was awarded runner up in the biennial Gilchrist Fisher prize, hosted at Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London.
Katharine maybe better known for her contemporary Beach scenes with surfers and people enjoying the seaside, these are of the South West and also in Scotland, so these new works will light existing fans of her work and will certainly create some new ones!
She says - "Landscapes are a constant source of inspiration for me. I am particularly interested in approaching this traditional subject in an interesting way by looking at different viewpoints and unusual horizon lines.".
Katharine likes to use gestural marks and loose impasto brushwork to engage the viewer and charge the composition with movement and dynamism, whilst still maintaining balance, building up the paint and alternating transparent and opaque layers, dripping, washing, splashing, allowing it to take its own fluid course and give the image a life of its own.