Gregory Hardy: Prairie Revisited
May 23 - June 22
“For the past number of years, the motif of Lac la Ronge has been the major source of my inspiration and interest in trying to evoke or capture a sense of light through the use of exaggerated colour. Over the winter of 2018/2019, I had a yearning to paint the prairie. Using my sketchbooks and drawings I did while working directly from nature, I returned to motifs of the prairie within 5 km of my studio. My pursuit of evoking light using exaggerated colour remains my primary focus.” GH, 2019
Thursday, May 23
7 – 9 pm
Artist in attendance
Gregory Hardy is a Canadian painter living in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Exhibiting extensively since 1975, his work is featured in many private and corporate collections. This list includes the Canada Council Art Bank, the Art Gallery of Alberta, and the Canadian Embassy, External Affairs (San Jose, Beijing, Warsaw, Sydney, London, Los Angeles). A member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, his rich painting career – spanning four decades – has primarily concentrated on the depiction of prairie landscape. Fleeting weather patterns and the expectation of change are vivid elements in his work, giving a sense of shifting movement to his signature clouds and open vistas. Hardy uses thick paint, sumptuous colour, and gestural brushwork to convey the stark simplicity of the prairie landscape and the drama of its luminous sky.