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Item Name: Painting
Title: Bay with Birch Trees
Maker: Gregory Hardy
Year: 1988
Country: Canadian
Materials: oil paint; canvas
Measurements: in frame: 120 cm x 195 cm
ID Number: PC88.1

Extended Label Info: Though this is a painting of a landscape, there is an emotional resonance in Gregory Hardy’s artwork that feels more like an abstract painting; it conveys a sense of energy and memory. Hardy achieves this effect through building layers of strong colour and textured brushwork. He uses oil paint which allows him to create textures with a combination of techniques such as working wet paint into wet paint, and after letting areas dry, adding more colour and layers of texture using a dry-brush with just a touch of colour. This work is a good example of prairie landscape paintings, where skies often dominate the picture plane. John Gregory Hardy (1950 - ) Known today as one of Canada’s best landscape painters, Gregory Hardy was born in Saskatoon, and studied photography and media studies at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto with the goal of becoming a documentary photographer. Meeting and working with a group of painters based in Saskatoon inspired Hardy to return to Saskatchewan, and to learn painting. Otto Rogers, Dorothy Knowles and Roger Vincent were all strong influences on his development. The Emma Lake workshops were very influential as well, and during one workshop intensive, Hardy was able to study with the American Colour-field painter, Friedel Dzubas. Hardy’s studio is currently based on a farm near Meacham. He is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of artists; his work has been exhibited nationally, and is held in numerous private and public collections, both locally and internationally.