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Item Name: Painting
Title: Smoke Aross the River
Maker: Gregory Hardy
Year: 1981
Country: Canadian
Materials: oil on board
Measurements: work: 30.5 cm x 40.6 cm
ID Number: PC2017.25
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


Extended Label Info: Depicting a Prairie winter, this oil painting has the simplicity of a sketch painted en plein air-- out in the landscape. The heavy winter sky, and the suggestion of a barbwire fence in the foreground are implied in a few deft strokes of paint. Though this sketch is not as large or as thickly painted as Hardy’s larger works, the brushstrokes and bold contrast of dark and light are characteristic of his style in the early 1980s. In his more recent works, Hardy has become known for his sumptuous use of colour and expressionistically dramatic clouds. 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 (1970-72). 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. Hardy attended the Emma Lake workshops, studied with the American Colour-field painter, Friedel Dzubas. Hardy has taught art at the Saskatchewan Summer School of the Arts (Fort San, 1975-1980), the University of Alberta (1987), and Memorial University (Newfoundland, 1999). Currently based in Saskatoon, Hardy is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of artists. His work has been exhibited since 1974, and is held in numerous private and public collections, both locally and internationally.