TEAM JILL AND BERNARD
This couple saw their Weston home and contents go up in smoke in the January, 2003 fires that engulfed parts of Canberra. For Bernard, his life work as an established artist – his paintings and sculptures exploded in the flames. Returning to see what, if anything remained. He found a warped and twisted remains of the family car and was fascinated by what he saw and began the sketches for “Cotter Road.”
Cotter Road, oil on canvas, 2003. D.101.5x122cm
Since painting Cotter Road, Bernard has left the past behind and has been enthusiastically working in his new studio at the couple’s Waramanga home. The paintings range from sketches and portraits of his mother, figurative and abstracts – large and small.
He says of these paintings, “I love apparent reality so they are not really abstract. There is a lingering element of abstract expressionism.” As much as anything they are wonderfully enthusiastic painterly paintings exploring an imaginary world and real objects.
A selection of colourful small paintings express the simple delight of putting paint to canvas enjoying the process.
1. Untitled B d.18x13cm
2. Woman in kimono. 19x11.5cm
3. Untitled D. 18x13cm
It is a delightful exhibition – so much expressed energy, imagination and bold colour filling the gallery spaces.
BERNARD HARDY – UNSEEN WORKS CONTINUES UNTIL MARCH 28.
HELEN STEPHENS GALLERY, COLLECTOR. 39 MURRAY STREET. FRI. SAT. SUN. 11-4
View the exhibition online @ www.helenstephensgallery.com