About

The fields, footpaths, horizons, trees and seas I see again and again day after day. These are the motifs I repeat, rework, destroy and process. The manipulation of paint and the subtle surprises achieved through a cycle of putting on and taking off is what facilitates my surreal recreation of a place. Half remembered, half imagined, familiar places.

Kerry Harding’s landscape paintings are concerned with experience beyond the ordinary. In her practice she relies entirely on process and the manipulation of paint, working and reworking the canvas in an almost unconscious manner until that moment of enlightenment, that sublime moment of sensory response to abstract shape and colour, when the emerging image asserts its own meaning and direction on the artist. This is a notion of the sublime that precedes the finished image, bringing instinct and awe into the act of making itself. 

Paralleling, in some ways, the traditions of Romanticism, Harding’s images dismiss any picturesque ideas of the landscape in favour of creating a deeper connection with the viewer. Whilst the landscape around her home inspires her work, she seeks to take us from the familiar to the indefinite, playing with perspective and space in order to achieve some sense of ‘other’ or the sensorially weird. A previous bias towards abstraction, however, is giving way at present to a noticeable change in technique: formally speaking, her work is becoming more figurative, more hyper-real. Her painting process has slowed, allowing her to engage more intimately with the canvas. Scenes are stiller, and there is a new focus on detailing the landscape. Natural forms and phenomena are balanced here and there with traces of man’s structural intervention on the land, and in particular there is a new emphasis on paths, suggesting both a literal and metaphorical journey towards a place beyond the horizon. For the artist these works mark the beginning of a new, more contemplative phase of practice at a pivotal moment in her life as an artist, woman, wife and mother. By following her more established process-led methods with subtler, more psychological ways of working, she is perhaps re-anchoring herself in the landscape and giving herself, and us, the space to reconsider the ways in which both nature and art can transcend the rational and take us far beyond ourselves. 


Kerry Harding CV

Education

2000-03
MA Painting, Falmouth University, Cornwall

1991-94
BA Hons Fine Art, Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University


Teaching

2002
Visiting tutor at Cornwall college

2003
Visiting tutor at Kidogo arthouse, Perth, Western Australia

2014 – Present
St Ives School of Painting, Lead artist on the Porthmeor Programme and short course throughout the year.

Selected Exhibitions

2019  
June and October, The Stratford Gallery, Stratford upon Avon

2019
August, ‘Where the land lies’. The Byre Gallery, Cornwall

2019
The Princes Trust Auction, Highgrove, Gloucestershire

2019 
The Arborealists at The Collegiale Sainte-Croix de Loudun, France

2019
‘The Spring Auction’ The Auction Collective, Menier Gallery, London

2019
Spring, Cornwall Contemporary, Penzance, Cornwall

2019
Far & Wild Gallery, Perranporth, Cornwall

2019
Axel Arts, Bath

2018
December, Winter at The Byre, The Icing on the Cake

2018
November, Winter Exhibition, Cornwall Contemporary Gallery

2018
Far & Wild Perranporth, Cornwall

2018
September, The Arborealists at St Ives Society of Artists, St Ives Cornwall

2018
August, Artwave West Gallery, Dorset

2018
August, The Byre Gallery, ‘Hidden Depths’

2018
July, The Arborealists with Paul Nash at Black Swan Arts, Somerset

2018
July, The Arborealists at John Davies Gallery, Gloucestershire

2018
Spring show Cornwall Contemporary Gallery

2018
Penwith Gallery, St Ives, St Ives School of Painting tutor show

2018
Spring Show, Artwave West Gallery, Dorset

2018
Winter Show, Cornwall Contemporary Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall

2017
Winter Show, Circle Contemporary, Cornwall

2017
Membership to The Arborealists

2017
‘An Everyday Intimacy’ Solo show, Beside the Wave, Falmouth, Cornwall

2017 
‘Into the Woods’ The Byre Gallery, Cornwall

2016
Denise Yapp Fine Art, Monmouth

2016
Featured Artist, Bath Contemporary Gallery, Bath

2016
There and back again’ with Marion Taylor, Penwith Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall

2016
‘Special Collection’ Badcocks at Beside the Wave, Falmouth

2015
‘Cornwall Untitled’, Badcocks at Beside the Wave London

2015
Penwith Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall

2014
Penwith Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall

2014
Hilton Fine Art Gallery, Bath

2013
‘Coast Matter’ Solo show, Heseltine Gallery, Truro

2010
NSA Double Vision, Exchange Gallery, Penzance

2007-09
Micheal Obert Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2007
‘Sun, Aloe, Rain’ Solo show, Campden Gallery, Gloucestershire

2006
Solo and mixed shows, Lemon Street Gallery, Cornwall
Winter Exhibition, Campden Gallery, Gloucestershire

2005
NSA at Thompsons The City Gallery, London
NSA critics choice, Lemon Street Gallery, Cornwall
Solo show, Lemon Street Gallery, Cornwall
Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
Miami Art Fair, Florida, USA

2004
Solo and mixed shows, Lemon Street Gallery, Truro, Cornwall
Solo and mixed shows, Campden Gallery, Gloucestershire

2003
Residency, Perth International Arts Festival, Kidogo Arthouse, Perth, Australia
Goldfish Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall
Solo and mixed shows, Bishop Phillpotts Gallery, Cornwall
Shortlisted for ROSL scholarship

2002
Bishop Philpotts Gallery, Truro, Cornwall
Northcote Road Gallery, London

2001
Winter Exhibition, South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts, Exeter, Devon
Solo exhibition, Phoenix Gallery, South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts, Devon
Northcote Road Gallery, London

2000
Solo and mixed shows, Clapham Art Gallery, London

1999
Solo and mixed shows, Clapham Art Gallery, London
Euroart, Berlin, Germany