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Item Name: Painting
Title: Outer Space
Maker: Bea Harding
Year: 1981
Country: Canadian
Materials: acrylic paint; canvas
Measurements: overall: 59.5 cm x 81 cm
ID Number: PC2001.8

Extended Label Info: Bea Harding worked primarily as a printmaker in both abstract and representational styles. She created artwork based on her observations of the world around her, from garden plants to people she met in her travels. Harding was also deeply inspired by the images taken of deep space and far off star systems captured by long range telescopes and space-based scientific probes such as the orbiting solar observatory and the Hubble Space telescope. This abstract painting shows her strong sense of colour, contrasting blue with its complementary orange. This work is a good example of Harding’s expressive and playful style that revealed her love of the natural world. Beatrice Louise (Lewis) Harding (1913 - 2006) Educator, activist, traveler, photographer, printmaker and writer: Bea Harding was a groundbreaking artist. Born in Morden, Manitoba, Harding was part of the first generation of prairie women to attend university in the 1930s, and earned a BSc from the University of Manitoba. After marriage, she moved to Saskatchewan and worked as a community builder with the CCF. A pioneer of the Medicare movement, she the first membership at Regina's Community Health Clinic. After a career in teaching, she travelled the world with her husband, working for the UN in Liberia, West Africa; Guyana, South America; Somalia, East Africa; Philippines and New York. In these years, she wrote for the CBC, Winnipeg Free Press and Asia Magazine, and studied journalism in England at the Regent Institute. She learned printmaking in the Philippines, and through the Pratt Institute in New York, USA. Retiring to Regina in the 1970s, she earned a BFA in Printmaking, and set up a printing press in her home studio. In 2005 she was awarded a Saskatchewan Centennial Medal.