Katharine Le Hardy has long been admired for her landscape painting. During the early months of 2020, with access to the physical world restricted, she started painting children at play, at a time when her children were home. Partially induced by memory and nostalgia this series triggered a new enquiry, an investigation into the space between the real, the past, the lost and the hopeful. In this latest series the landscape has returned. The figure has become almost fleeting, the human is suggested but is less and less emphatic. The scapes are vast and strong and emphasise the permanence of the land, the figure has become an outline, as if passing through is all that humanity will ever do amidst the wonder of nature and the majesty of the land. There was an optimistic playfulness to the 2020/21 works, their dreamlike quality emphasised by the use of a clean bright sugary palette. This remains in these new works. These paintings feel nostalgic and fantastical and yet strong and assertive in equal parts.

Candida Stevens, April 2022

Katharine le Hardy
Studio 2020

Education:

2000 – 2003 BA (Hons) Fine Art University of the West of England, Bristol
1999 – 2000 Foundation Course University of the West of England, Bristol

Exhibitions:

2022 London Art Fair, Candida Stevens Gallery
2021 London Art Fair 'EDIT: PLATFORM' Candida Stevens Gallery
  Solo Show, 'If Wishes Were Horses' Candida Stevens Gallery
2019 'Dog Days' Northcote Gallery, London
2018 Joint Exhibition, Northcote Gallery, London
  "Fields Notes" Joint Exhibition, One Paved Court, Richmond, London
  Solo Show, Zimmer Stewart Gallery, Sussex
2016 Solo Show, Northcote Gallery, London
2015 Solo Show, Northcote Gallery, London
2014 London Art Fair: Envie d'art, Islington, London
  Solo show, Northcote Gallery, King's Road, London
  AAF Hong Kong, Envie d'Art, London
2013 'Let me introduce...', Updown Gallery, Ramsgate, Kent
  Solo Show, Zimmer Stewart Gallery, Arundel, Sussex
  Solo Show, Updown Gallery, Ramsgate, Kent
2012 Solo Show: Cricket Fine Art, Chelsea, London
  Gilchrist Fisher 21st Anniversary Exhibition: Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
  Affordable Art Fair: Cricket Fine Art, Battersea Park, London
2011 Solo Show: Zimmer Stewart Gallery, Arundel, West Sussex
  Summer Show: Cricket Fine Art, Chelsea, London
  Under a Grand: Grandy Art, London
2009 Solo Show: Zimmer Stewart Gallery, Arundel, West Sussex
  Solo Show: Advocate Galleries, Wimbledon Village, London
  Solo Show: Smithfield Gallery, London
2008 Solo Show, Zimmer Stewart Gallery, Arundel, West Sussex
  'Lay of the Land' Chapel Row Gallery, Bath