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Andrew Hardwick

Bristol
I use paint, pigments, materials such as soot, plastic to produce landscape based textural artifacts.

Hardwicks work is landscape based and looks at strange wilderness zones, both those seemingly natural and those man made. His paintings play with and subvert traditional ideas of landscape painting and the sublime. The images look at edgeland zones around big industrial ports, their massive car storage compounds, redundant factories and polluted waste lands. It also looks at the more poetic and maybe presented wilderness zones like those of Dartmoor and Bodmin moor, however these are also polluted with reminders of the contemporary influence on the landscape. Roads predominate in crossing the moor, a narrow road is etched into a otherwise massive triptych, likewise a real car radiator sits in the painting distant barrow and car radiator. Cars toy ones sometimes seemingly hundreds form an image of a car storage compound at Royal Portbury Dock. A layered landscape is a theme of Hardwicks work firstly in terms of texture, the paintings are heavily layered with different types of paint, plaster, plastics, soils, pigments, roofing felt, hay and other unconventional materials. To this rich surface often relevant toys are added, suggesting reminders or memory of the landscapes history. This idea of a layered landscape may come partly from the artists childhood, the family farm was first sliced in half by the M5 motorway and then by the Royal Portbury deep water Dock. The land has become pure edgeland wilderness with detritus of the developments filling land that was once filled with sheep. No image in Hardwicks work is left untouched by the notion of change, memory, history and emotion, often the landscapes story and history is purposely unclear. Hardwicks images remind us that we are just another layer in time

 

Concrete Floor and Sheep Track

Bulldozed tree and nest reconstructed in studio

Moor and Reservoir

Phantom Ship and Saltings 186 x 370 cms

Remembered Wasteland 200 x 380 cms

Wasteland, hedge and phantom image of power station

Exhibition at Bridport Arts Centre 17 feb to 23 march, private view 16 feb, artist talk 16 March

Ploughed field, hedge and moonlight 124 x 170 cms

Moorland Reservoir

Secret Copse, lake and Sunset

Holding Pen, Green Wilderness 87 x 134 cms134 cms

Wilderness approaching building work and three wind turbines

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