• Greg Hardy: Northern Cathedral

    February 4 - 27, 2021

  • Greg Hardy is one of Canada’s preeminent artists associated with the school of Western Canadian landscape painting. His work depicts the prairie parklands surrounding his Saskatoon studio as well as Lac La Ronge in Northern Saskatchewan. Hardy makes drawings directly from nature, often in his kayak and canoe, carefully observing subtle changes in weather and how these affect the landscape around him. He revisits the sketches in his studio, allowing them to trigger his memory and interpret a specific moment using colour to depict light.

     

    Lac La Ronge has been a primary source of inspiration to Hardy for over a decade. The lake, populated with islands and surrounded by boreal forest, is reminiscent of scenes in northern Ontario but with dominant skies, impressive in their scale and intensity, that are unique to the Canadian prairies. Last summer, Hardy was aware of particularly dramatic weather on Lac La Ronge. This is reflected in his recent paintings, their expressive cloud formations suggesting either a passing or imminent storm. Colour, perhaps Hardy’s greatest strength as a painter, is largely intuitive. For the last few years, Hardy has focused on how impossible colour can evoke the poetry of a place more so than the specific rendering of space. His mastery of colour as a device engages all the senses, transporting the viewer to the remote landscape. Heightening this experience is Hardy’s intimate vantage point, sitting on top of the water.

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    GREG HARDY

    Somewhere, 2020
    acrylic on canvas
    56 x 79 in.
     
    $ 22,000.00
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    GREG HARDY

    Going By the Shallow Islands, 2020
    acrylic on canvas
    30 x 96 1/4 in.
     
    $ 18,000.00
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    GREG HARDY

    Grey Day But Good, 2020
    acrylic on canvas
    30 x 90 in.
     
    $ 18,000.00
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    GREG HARDY
    Aqua Hum, 2020
    acrylic on linen
    48 x 60 in.
     
    $ 18,000.00
  • When I see a storm coming on, I get this sense of adrenaline. I want to grab my sketchbook so I can respond to it visually and capture the energy. Whether it's a darkening sky or a buildup of cumulus clouds, I find it extraordinarily exciting.

     

     

    - GREG HARDY

    • Greg Hardy Looking North, 2020 charcoal on paper 22 x 30 in.
      Greg Hardy
      Looking North, 2020
      charcoal on paper
      22 x 30 in.
      $ 3,000.00
    • Greg Hardy Day Darkening, 2020 charcoal on paper 22 x 30 in.
      Greg Hardy
      Day Darkening, 2020
      charcoal on paper
      22 x 30 in.
      $ 3,000.00
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    GREG HARDY

    Darkness and Light, 2020
    acrylic on linen
    33 x 48 in.
     
    $ 11,000.00
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    GREG HARDY

    Island in the Middle, Clouds on the Move, 2020
    acrylic on canvas
    55 1/2 x 79 3/4 in.
     
    $ 22,000.00
  • There seemed to be far more days of cloud formations building in height and shape that were perceptibly different from other years. There were also more days of calm, glassy water. The motif for me became a natural cathedral - the water like polished floors and the sky and clouds the walls and ceiling, opulent with stained glass windows.

     

    - GREG HARDY

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    GREG HARDY
    Heading South, 2020
    acrylic on canvas
    78 x 103 in.
     
    $ 28,000.00
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    GREG HARDY
    Meditation, 2021
    acrylic on canvas
    56 1/2 x 76 in.
     
    SOLD
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  • GREG HARDY is a Canadian painter, living and working in Saskatoon. He attended Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto for Media...
    GREG HARDY SKETCHING IN HIS KAYAK, Lac La Ronge

    GREG HARDY is a Canadian painter, living and working in Saskatoon. He attended Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto for Media Studies (1970-1972) and is a self-taught painter. Between 1973 and 1988, he regularly participated in the renowned Emma Lake workshops in northern Saskatchewan. This was a formative period in Hardy's career, having worked alongside acclaimed internationally painters, instructors and critics. His long-time friendship with artist Dorothy Knowles was also of great influence. The two painters share an affinity for the perpetually evolving weather, colour and light of the Canadian prairie landscape.

     

    Hardy's work is included in many corporate and museum collections in Canada and around the world. Collections include the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax; The Art Gallery of Alberta, Alberta; The Remai Modern, Saskatoon and Glenbow Museum, Calgary.