Repetition and unforeseen chance occurrences are the two main themes explored in this series of artworks by the painter Andrew Hardy.
In this series Andrew raises the question: "At what point does the painter surrender control to
chance occurrences and how much does the painter then intervene if at all?".
For Andrew, the controls in this painting were the dimensions and materiality of the surface, the choice of paint, mediums and method of application. Chance determined outcome with no subsequent intervention to make corrections. It took a lot of practice and many attempts were made and discarded in order to perfect the final technique.
Andrew Hardy paints in an abstract language, using abstraction to work through broader
questions of materiality, repetition, gesture and chance. His process is a form of
performance. It is about the act of painting and he sees each painting as a recording of the
journey he has been on with it. The question of content is not in the foreground. The
emphasis is on form, materials and processes.
The artist says of his paintings,"I don’t feel a need to depict people or things or to be in
any way referential whether literal, stylised, imagined or metaphorical. Equally my work
has no message or identifiable meaning. It comes from the mind more than from observed
reality and refers only to itself, to nothing but its own making. The emphasis is on 'painting
as object' with no narrative and I seek to make work that is able to draw viewers in to
question and enjoy its materiality and facture. Viewers seem to have a constant need to
find meaning and create associations. My work does not have any 'meaning' although I do
want it to be 'meaningful'… which is a different thing.”
Turps Studio Painting Programme, Turps Art School, London (2019-21)
BA (Hons) Painting (1st Class), Camberwell College of Arts, UAL, London (2016-19)
Foundation Diploma Fine Art, The Art Academy, London (2015-16)
Selected Group Shows: Turps Art School Open Studios London 2020, The Auction
Collective Christmas Auction, Menier Gallery, London 2019. Degree Show - BA Painting
Final Year, Camberwell College of Arts, London 2019. Interim Show - BA Painting Final
Year, Copeland Gallery, London 2019. Camberwell Printmaking, Camberwell College of
Arts, London 2018. Hard Ground, Pempeople Gallery, London 2018. Arthouse Open
Studios, London 2018. Mixer - An Exhibition of Emerging Artists, Protein Studios,
Shoreditch, London 2017.
Andrew is also exhibiting Untitled (Blue Circles) and Untitled (Red Circles).