Nicholas Harding

N i c h o l a s   H a r d i n g

Heather Mitchell

There is a form of painting where drawn matter interfaces with the observed world and where there exists a tension between that which is depicted and the expressive means of its depiction. This is a tradition with which my work is engaged.

Nicholas Harding immigrated to Australia with his family in 1965. After studying for his Bachelor of Arts in 1975, he travelled to Europe and the United Kingdom in 1977.

Harding has had over 37 solo exhibitions since 1992 and been included in over 150 group exhibitions since 1982. He was the subject of a 25 year survey exhibition, Drawn to Paint, at the SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney, in 2010. His solo exhibition 28 Portraits was held at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, in 2017-18.

A finalist in 18 Archibald Prize exhibitions at the Art Gallery of New South Wales from 1994 to 2018, Harding was awarded both the Archibald Prize (for his portrait John Bell as King Lear), and the Dobell Prize for Drawing for Eddy Avenue (3) in 2001. He also won Newcastle Region Art Gallery’s inaugural Kilgour Prize in 2006 for his painting Beach life (pink zinc and figures) and, as a 2005 Archibald finalist, was Highly Commended and won the People’s Choice Award with Bob’s Daily Swim, his portrait of Australian artist Robert Dickerson.

He was on three occasions a Sulman Prize finalist (1981, 2003, 2006) and four times a Wynne Prize finalist (1994,1996,1998, 2003, 2012, 2013, 2016 and 2017).

His work is represented in many private and public collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; National Portrait Gallery, Canberra; Art Gallery of NSW; Art Gallery of South Australia; Newcastle Region Art Gallery and Tweed River Regional Art Gallery.

In 2001, Harding was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal for services to Australian art. He was elected a member of the Australian Watercolour Institute in 2013.

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