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Not now apocalypse






JO HARDY RETROSPECTIVE.28 May – 20 August 2017

Whangarei Art Museum – Te Manawa Toi is honoured to present NOT NOW APOCALYPSE: Jo Hardy Retrospective.

Considered one of the matriarchs of Northland art, NOT NOW APOCALYPSE includes a selection of works from Hardy’s oeuvre, many of which are loaned from private collections within New Zealand. The retrospective also includes a selection of exquisite lithographs that were produced in the 80s and 90s at Te Kowhai Print Trust - a community printmaking facility based at the Quarry Arts Centre in Whangarei.

Hardy attended Ilam School of Fine arts and exhibited in Christchurch before moving to Northland in the late 70s where she continued to produce over 600 paintings. She also fell in love, married, became a mother, a gardener, a writer, a member of a rural community and, in 2003, was widowed.

Jo Hardy – who also worked under the names Jo Who (painter/printmaker) and Jo McNeill (Northern Advocate art critic and columnist) – was self-trained in acrylic paint. Combined with her excellent drawing skills, she developed a mature and deliberative style spanning nearly 50 years.

The bright and whimsical aesthetic of Hardy’s paintings ground themselves around the human condition. Her paintings are reactions to what she saw, what she felt and what she needed to explain.

Hardy underlined a freedom of consciousness; borrowing aspects of reality and using them as metaphors in a parallel painted universe. She believed we each invent reality as we go along; painting is one of the ways to do it.

“I am interested in portraying both what is and what is not. My pictures are a deliberate record-keeping of fleeting minutiae, memories, dreams, attempts to depict that which has no fixed visual form and narrative fiction.” - Jo Hardy, 1998.

Hardy’s paintings are lyrical narrative works painted with acrylic on canvas. She worked on her knees on the floor, as if at prayer. Slowly, with care and precision, she built up thin wet layers of coloured washes, tickling them up until they glow.

The celebrated Northland artist sadly passed away of cancer on the 25th of July 2016 but not before she had given her blessing to the Whangarei Art Museum to curate and develop her retrospective exhibition bringing 50 years of art making together in one space.

NOT NOW APOCALYPSE: Jo Hardy Retrospective is on from the 29th of May - 20th August 2017.

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