Trisha Hardwick - still life artist - Reviews
Trisha Hardwick - Reviews
'....like old masters, but with layers of darkness lifted off and liberal amounts calm joy added!'
HATTY RICHMOND - UK (2010)
"The paintings are very timeless and full of strong contrasts. Light dark, soft hard, cold warm. Very much like life and death which is why I like them so much.
Exquisitely painted with excellent composition and beautifully subtle colours. I really like the fruit leaves as they give a slightly quirky but full of life
contrast against the heavily controlled composition of bowl, box and fruit itself. There is a lot going on!"
GARY THOMPSON - London (2010)
"some sense of the timeless, eternal, or perhaps just some truth revealed that goes beyond a depiction of the scene."
RICHARD MURDOCK - Connecticut
The fruits of labour
Trisha Hardwick updates the classic fruit bowl painting in her first major solo show, Colour and Light making the dull, old standard bright and desirable.
Virtually self-taught, professional for 11 years, Hardwick has seen her talents recognized in the past two years in an exhibition at the Royal Academy and at the British Society of Painters Exhibitions, in Ilkley. Subjects are traditional still life but with a modem slant, taking advantage of natural colour and light and reflections of objects that appear to be just outside the frame. Bright and lively, they have none of the gloomy lighting normally associated with this topic.
Unusually for a modern painter, Hardwick paints exactly what she sees with an almost photographic quality, adding only a delicate texture to indicate its origins. Contradictions between the still-life theme and the lively manner in which it has been painted are soon overcome and these are works that will be admired by all who come to see them. A devotion to and love of painting shines through in all her work, which could prove to be an inspiration to many other painters. Trisha Hardwick's style combines convention with originality. Bowls of fruit and vases of flowers have been inoffensive and ordinary for far too long. Here is an artist whose work will be difficult to ignore and even harder to dislike.
Reubens Gallery, 83 Great George Street, Leeds.
(Review in Yorkshire Post supplement )
Only a year ago, Trisha Hardwick was earning well-deserved praise for her first solo show, selling out of her fruit paintings in oil and earning many new admirers to her work.
Since then she has won an unprecedented seventh public award through the British Society of Painters and has been consistently voted the public's favourite of more than 200 artists at the society's quarterly exhibitions in Ilkley - a feat for any artist, but especially impressive as Trisha is virtually self taught and did not pick up a brush again until the age of 35 (*see note*)
Life - But Not Still puts a new spin on the traditional still-life painting, picking up light from outside the frame and using it to add a lively sparkle and a mouth-watering edge to her overflowing bowls of fruit. If these were still-life paintings in the conventional sense, the porcelain receptacles would have taken a back seat to ill-lit apples and oranges. But as much attention is paid to their delicate design as it is to the way in which a luscious cherry catches the light.
Trisha Hardwick's paintings are original without being outlandinsh or offensive, and her deserved popularity is proof, if it were needed, that the public do not need to be shocked by art. Paintings could not ordinarily be described as "delicious", but in Trisha Hardwick's case, an exception must be made
Life - But Not Still: To November 24th, Reubens Gallery, 83 Great George Street, Leeds.
(Review in Yorkshire Post Supplement)
Just one year ago, still-life artist Trisha Hardwick staged her first major one-man show in Leeds, attracting knock-out reviews and a sell-out of her fruit paintings in oil. Twelve months later, she returns to Reubens Gallery for her second show, 'Life - But Not Still'', which opens on October 7th.
Trisha Hardwick's paintings of fruit and flowers are executed in an exquisitely detailed hand and convey a sense of life's movement.........
Steeped in the traditional disciplines of the still-life genre, Trisha Hardwick combines convention with originality in her painting, bringing such vitality to her subjects with her use of modern colour and form.
37 new paintings feature in the collection ' Life - But not Still ' at Reubens Gallery which runs until November 24th.
('Limited Edition' Magazine)
Still Impressing with Major Show
Still-life artist Trisha Hardwick celebrated the opening of her second major show this week.
Following the huge success of her first one-man show a year ago, the self taught Yorkshire artist presents a new exhibition, Life - But not Still.
Trisha Hardwick's paintings of fruit and flowers really do bring new life to the old art form. Jo Fisher of Reubens Gallery, hosts of the first exhibition and this year's new collection, clearly remembers the audible gasps during Hardwick's first show 'Colour and Light' . "Trisha creates such a brilliance of life in her painting that it makes you want to reach into the canvas and pick up the orange that has moments before been picked and placed next to the oriental vase, or touch the bloom of the grapes overflowing from the delicate bowl" says Jo.
Last years show attracted knock-out reviews and a sell-out of Hardwick's fruit paintings in oil. The Yorkshire artist went on to win a record breaking seventh public award through the British Society of Painters earlier this year.
Life - But Not Still is at the Reubens Gallery 83 Gt George street Leeds
('This is Harrogate' )
* Note: As shown in her biography, Trisha, from an early age, excelled at, and took a keen interest in art. After a brief and disillusioned brush with art college in the sixties, she followed a clerical career until, almost twenty years later, she rediscovered her love of art and developed it to the standard it is today.
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