Gwen Hardie's work engages with figuration and the act of perception. She first gained attention with her large scale tightly cropped portraits of women. Her magnificatiions of skin lit by natural light resemble light effects in the landscape and micro/macro views of cells/earth. Observing from life, she employs aspects of classical painting and color theory to render a lifelike presence. Intimate and monumental, the body-image shifts back and forth perceptually between an atmospheric illusion and a thing of gravity, real and tangible.
Hardie has been offered residencies at The Bogliasco Foundation in Italy; Yaddo, MacDowell and the VCCA in America. Her work has been reviewed in UK and US publications such as Art In America, The New York Times, The Glasgow Herald, The New Yorker, The Sunday Herald, Contemporary Visual Art, Time Out, The Scotsman and The Independent.