Galerie Pugliese Levi is delighted to present the first solo show in Berlin of New York based Scottish artist Gwen Hardie.
Hardie’s work appears as abstraction in its purest form, until one knows more about the process which leads to these ethereal fields of colour. Hardie takes inspiration from people and the infinite variations of the human skin, its colour and the glow which radiates from it. Her mesmerising paintings subtly evoke a living presence and constantly change and surprise the viewer, according to the surrounding light.
Galerie Pugliese Levi is delighted to present Human Boundaries, a series of new paintings by New York City based, Scottish artist Gwen Hardie. This is Hardie's first solo show in Berlin.
Gwen Hardie’s work appears as abstraction in its purest form, until one knows more about the process which leads to these meditative and ethereal fields of colour. Hardie takes inspiration from people and the infinite variations of the human skin, its colour and the glow which radiates from it. Each painting creates an illusion of shifting depths of field between a dominant foreground color and a background color. Finely tuned gradients of tone and saturation levels create a subtle impression of movement between human presence and atmosphere. Evolving from studies of the live model and research into color, Gwen Hardie’s art explores a fascinating terrain between figuration and abstraction.
Born and educated in Scotland, Gwen Hardie lived and worked in London and Berlin before settling in New York City in 2000. She was the youngest living artist ever to be given a solo show at The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh in 1990. Upcoming solo shows include 57W57Arts, NYC in spring 2022. Most recently her work was shown at 57W57Arts, NYC and Art The Hague (2021), PAN AMSTERDAM and KunstRAI art fairs with ASAP Gallery, Rotterdam, and at Chabot Fine Art in The Hague. Exhibitions include Reality: Modern and Contemporary British Painting at The Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool and The Sainsbury Centre in Norwich, with Lucien Freud, Jenny Saville and others; Skin; An Artistic Atlas, with Marlene Dumas and others at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin. Hardie's work is in private and public collections such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the British Council, London, and the Calouste Gulbenkian Modern Collection, Lisbon. Her work has been reviewed by Art In America, The New York Times, Artcritical.com, The Glasgow Herald, The New Yorker, The Scotsman and The Independent, among others. Hardie has received Fellowships at The Bogliasco Foundation, Genoa, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, MacDowell and Yaddo in the USA.
THE INTERVIEW IN|DEEDS: Gwen Hardie (Nov. 2021)
THE DEED | DAS WERK: Gwen Hardie (Nov. 2021)