Gwen Hardies 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.

Born and educated in Scotland , she has lived and worked in London and Berlin before settling in New York City in 2000. Hardie’s work was recently represented in The British exhibition; “Reality: Modern and Contemporary British Painting” at The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, July- Nov 2015  (previously at The Sainsbury Centre in Norwich) with Lucien Freud, Jenny Saville and others. Other recent shows include; “Skin Deep” a solo show at The Smoyer Gallery, Roanoke College, US in April/May 2014, “Borderline; Depictions of Skin” at Garis & Hahn, New York City and “Skin; An Artistic Atlas”, with John Coplans, Marlene Dumas and others at The Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin, Ireland.  Her solo show “Boundaries”, was in the Hebrides, Scotland, at An Lanntair and Taigh Chearsabhagh in 2012 / 2013 .

Hardie has been awarded residencies at The Bogliasco Foundation in Italy, (2015 and 2006), Yaddo, MacDowell and the VCCA in America.  Her work has been reviewed in UK and US publications such as The Times, 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.

Hardie was the youngest living artist ever to be given a solo show at The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh, Scotland. She lived in London in the 90s and had solo shows with galleries such as Annely Juda Fine Art and Fischer Fine Art.

Private and public collections that have bought her work include The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, British Council, London, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, and the Gulbenkian Collection, Lisbon.



2015 ….. Bogliasco Fellowship, Liguria study Center,  Bogliasco, Italy

2012 ….. Constance Saltonstall Foundation Residency, Ithaca, New York
2010 ….. Residency at Virginia Creative Center for the Arts,Virginia
2009 ….. Residency at Virginia Creative Center for the Arts,Virginia
2008 ….. Residency at Virginia Creative Center for the Arts,Virginia
2007 ….. Residency at Virginia Creative Center for the Arts,Virginia
2006 ….. Yaddo Residency, Saratoga Springs, New York
2006 ….. Bogliasco Fellowship, for residence at the Liguria Study Center, Bogliasco, Italy
2005 ….. Yaddo Residency, Saratoga Springs. New York
2004 ….. Residency at The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH
2003 ….. Residency at The Ragdale Foundation,Lake Forest, Illinois
2003 ….. Residency at Virginia Creative Center for the Arts,Virginia
2002 ….. Residency at Virginia Creative Center for the Arts, Virginia
2000 ….. Membership of the Elizabeth Foundation of the Arts Studio Center, New York
2000 ….. Prizewinner of the 20th John Moores Liverpool Exhibition, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
1997 ….. ‘Annual Award’, King Edward the 7th British German Foundation, Berlin
1986 ….. ‘DAAD Extension’
1984-85 ….. ‘DAAD Annual Art Scholarship’, Berlin, West Germany ; to study with Baselitz
1983-84 ….. ‘Richard Ford Award’, Royal Academy, London, to study Velasquez, Prado Museum, Madrid



1984-85 …. Hochshule Der Kunste, study with Baselitz.
1984 …. Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland (post graduate diploma with distinction)
1979-1983 …. Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland (first class honours degree)


Solo and Two Person Shows


2017….”In Light Of The Body”, Paintings and Photographs by Gwen Hardie and Regina Deluise, Julio Fine Arts Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2014 …. “Skin Deep”, Smoyer Gallery, Roanoke College, US (catalog)
2013 …. “Boundaries”, Taigh Chearsabhagh, Lochmaddy, North Uist, Scotland (catalog)

2012 …. “Boundaries”, An Lanntair, Stornoway, The Outer Hebrides, Scotland. (catalog)
2009 …. “Body Tondi”, Bridge Street Studio Center,Brooklyn, NY
2005 …. “Face”, Dinter Fine Art, New York (catalog)
2004 …. “Closer”, Alpan Gallery, Huntington
2001 …. “Verge”, Lindsey Brown, New York
1999 …. Beaux Arts, London (catalogue )
1996 …. Jason & Rhodes, London (catalogue)
1994 …. Annely Juda Fine Art, London
1994 …. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
1990 …. Talbot Rice Arts Centre, Edinburgh (catalogue)
1988 …. Fischer Fine Art, London
1988 …. Kettles Yard, Cambridge, England
1987 …. Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland (touring UK) (catalogue)
1986 …. Paton Gallery, London


Group Shows


2017….”Vigorous Imagination; Then and Now”, The Fine Art Society, Edinburgh, UK

2017….”The Vigorous Imagination Revisited”, The Bilcliffe Gallery, Glasgow, UK

2016….”W. Gordon Smith Painting Award Competition”, Dovecot Gallery, Edinburgh, UK

2015…”REALITY, Modern and Contemporary British Painting”, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, July- November

2014….”Reality: Modern and Contemporary British Painting”, with Lucien Freud, Cecily Brown, Jenny Saville and others, The Sainsbury Centre, Norwich, UK. Sep 27 2014 – Mar 1st 2015  (catalog)

2014….”The Art of Healing”, Attic Salt Gallery, Edinburgh Festival, July 1st – Aug 1st

2014…”Made at Saltonstall”, Summer show featuring work done at The Constance Saltonstall Foundation

2013….”Borderline, Depictions of Skin”, Gwen Hardie, Cynthia Lin, Diana Schmertz, Garis & Hahn, New York City
2013….”Skin; An Artistic Atlas:, with Marlene Dumas, John Coplans and others, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin (catalog)

2013….”Push/Pull”, Rag and Bone, New York City

2013….”Skin over Bone”, James Hardie, Amy Hardie and Gwen Hardie, Stirling University, Scotland (catalog)
2013….”Outwin Boochever National Portrait Exhibition”, National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC (catalog)
2013….”Terra Incognita”, The Castle Gallery, New Rochelle, New York.
2012…..The Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland.
2012 …. “The Artists Studio”, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland.

2011 …. “Inner and Outer Landscapes: Contemporary Self-Portraiture”, .A. D. Gallery, University of North Carolina, NC
2011 …. “Portraiture: Inside Out”, Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University, NJ
2010 …. “Tenwordsandoneshot,” Kevin Krumniki online projects, based in Germany”

2010….”400 Women”, Shoreditch Town Hall, London, UK
2010 …. “The Edinburgh School”, Lemon Street Gallery, Truro, UK
2010 …. McTears Auction and Galleries, Glasgow, Scotland
2009 …. McTears Auction and Galleries, Glasgow, Scotland
2008 …. “The Dutch Barn Show”, Rose Burlingham Fine Art, Lindsey Brown Studio, Clinton Corners, NY
2007 …. “Radius”, Metaphor Contemporary, Brooklyn, NY
2007 …. ‘Close’, Dinter Fine Art, Chelsea, New York
2006 …. ‘Closer’, Alpan Gallery, Huntington, New York
2006 …. ‘Drawn’, Dinter Fine Art, New York, NY
2006 …. ‘Brooklyn Artists’, Alpan Gallery, Huntington
2005 …. ‘London Art Fair’, Stephen Lacey Gallery’
2004 …. ‘Landscape’, Lindsey Brown Gallery, New York
2002 …. ‘Narcissus’, Scottish National Gallery of Art, Edinburgh, Scotland
2001 …. ‘Abstraction and Immanence’, Times Square Gallery, Hunter College, New York
2001 …. ‘Five’, Lennon,Weinberg, New York
2000 …. ‘Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Center’ Open Studios, New York
2000 …. ‘Tech’, Jason & Rhodes, London and ‘Galerie oef’, Paris
1998 …. ‘The 20th John Moores Liverpool Exhibition’, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, (prizewinner)
1997 …. ‘Prospect 93’, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt
1993 …. ‘The New British Painting’, The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati and touring America
1988-1990 …. ‘The Vigorous Imagination’, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
1987 …. ‘The Self Portrait- A Modern View’, Artsite, Bath
1987 …. ‘Identity-Desire’, Scottish Arts Council touring show


Public and Private Collections


Metroplitan Museum of Art, New York

British Council, London. Contemporary Art Society, London

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
City Art Collection, Edinburgh
Elaina Richardson, New York
Miriama Young, Sydney, Australia
Dominique Mancellon, Scotland
Jeanne Dorsey, New York City

Claire Colebrook, USA

Logan MacWatt, Hong Kong
“The Grace of The Birch”, New Stobhill Hospital, Reiach & Hall Architects, Glasgow, Scotland
David Cohen, New York

Sherry Roush, USA

Jayne Anne Phillips, USA
Gail Tsukiyama,  California,
Kasen Summer Collection, Connecticut
Gulbenkian Collection, Lisbon
Scottish Arts Council, Edinburgh
Glaxo Group Research Ltd, London
Manchester City Galleries
Kirklees Museum and Galleries
Leicestershire County Council Artworks Collection
City Of Edinburgh Council
Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums
Highland Council
New Hall Art Collection, University of Cambridge
University of Edinburgh Fine Art Collection


Teaching Experience


2017….Lecture, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, Scotland

2017….Masterclass in connection with “In Light of the Body”, Loyola University, Maryland, Baltimore,

2016….Royal Hibernian Academy, 5 day Masterclass

2015…. Master Class’ “Context and Scale in the Self-Portrait” at The Essential School of Painting, London

2014…. Master Class at Sainsbury Centre, Norwich, as part of REALITY; Modern and Contemporary British Painting
2008/12 …. Master Class at The Essential School of Painting, Bethnal Green, London
2006 …. Master Class at The Essential School of Painting, Bethnal Green, London
2004 …. Private Painting Instruction, Bridge St Studio Center, Brooklyn
2002 …. Visiting artist and tutor, MICA, Baltimore,Maryland.

2001 …. Visiting artist , New York Studio School, New York
1999 …. Tutor in Painting and Sculpture at Ottawa University, Canada
1999 …. Visiting artist and tutor, Cleveland University, U.S.
1998 …. Visiting artist and tutor, Glasgow School of Art, Scotland
1998 …. Visiting artist and tutor, Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland
1997 …. Tutor in painting, First year of Degree Course, modular system, Guildhall University, London
1997 …. Visiting artist and tutor, Winchester School of Art, England
1996 …. Visiting artist and tutor, Royal College of Art, London
1995 …. Visiting artist and tutor , St Martins School of Art, London
1993 -1996 …. Tutor in Visual Arts, First Year of Degree Course, modular system, Oxford Brookes University





“The Vigorous Imagination Revisited at Roger Bilcliffe Gallery, Glasgow; Fine Art Society, Edinburgh”, Giles Sutherland, The Times, Nov 2 2017

“Top For Art, Then and Now”, Top Things to do in Glasgow, Time Out, Glasgow, Nov 2017

“The Vigorous Imagination at The Fine Art Society, Edinburgh and Roger Bilcliffe, Glasgow”, Duncan MacMillan, The Scotsman, Nov 13, 2017

“The “Out of Eden”, stage set of projected body tondi paintings by Gwen Hardie for play by Gerda Stevenson, Tron theatre, Glasgow, January 2017

“W. Gordon Smith Painting Award Exhibition”, Dovecot Gallery. Edinburgh”, The Times, Scottish edition, by Giles Sutherland, January 18th 2016

Gwen Hardie: skin, light and paint”, Interview for The Walker Art Gallery Blog,  published Oct 6th 2015

“Modern Scottish Painting”, JD Fergusson,  Edited, Introduced and annotated by Alexander Moffat and Alan Riach, page 54, 2015

“The Power of Paint; REALITY, Modern and Contemporary British Painting”, House and Gardens, by Rose Dahlsen, 10 October 2014

“Skin Deep”, Catalogue Essay for solo show at Smoyer Gallery, Roanoke College, USA, by Lindsay Blair, 2014

“A Portrait of an Artist; Gwen Hardie talks about her work and upcoming exhibition at SCVA, Concrete Magazine, UK, by Katie Kemp, Sep 21 2014

“Calme, Luxe and Volupte”; Gwen Hardie’s Body Series by Sarah Sargent, VCCA Blogspot, July 17th 2014

“What is an Art Book?” edition 3, 11 page chapter “Gwen Hardie; August 2013”, a collaboration between Garis & Hahn and London based arts organization, Modern Language Experiment., October 2013

Art-Vetting, selected artist, NYC, reviews by Dan Peyton, Photi Giovanis and Liz Ivers, May 2013

“13 ways of looking at painting” May by Julia Morrisroe, Online Blog about Painting, May 10th 2013

“Finding Empathy in the confines of our Skin”, Hyperallergic, by Susan Silas, April 8th 2013

“Borderline ; Depictions of Skin, Garis & Hahn, artcritical by David Cohen, April 16th 2013

“Living in Their Own Skin at Garis & Hahn”, Artefuse, by Oscar a. Laluyan, April 1st 2013

“Skin and Earth, Suddenly Unrecognizable”, The New York Times, review by Tammy La Gorce, March 1st 2013

“Skin Over Bone – Gwen Hardie”, essay by Dr Lindsay Blair, catalog for group show with Jim and Amy Hardie at Stirling University Pathfoot Building, Stirling, Scotland, Feb 2013.

“The Scottish Cultural Memory Project”, 40 min film interview with Amy, Jim and Gwen Hardie for Rob Roy Films, Scotland, May 2013

“Bound by Nature”, Jan Patience, The Glasgow Herald, Jan 5th 2013

“Gwen Hardie; Face to Face”, Portrait of an Artist, Online Blog as part of Outein Boochever Portrait exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC, Jan 2013- Feb 2014

“The Sunlit Skin of Gwen Hardie”, Eilidh Whiteford, The Stornoway Gazette, Jan 3rd 2013

“Gwen Hardie at An Lanntair”, Fern Insh, Scottish Art Blog, August 09 2012

“Revealing Bodies, Anatomy, Allegory and the Grounds of Knowledge in the Long Eighteenth Century”, Cover Image, written  by Erin M. Goss, Bucknell University Press, 2012

“RSA Annual Show”, Giles Sutherland, The Times, June 5th 2012

“A new body of work”, Catriona Black, Glasgow Herald, April 27th, 2012

“Slow Looking- Fast painting”, 15 min documentary about Gwen Hardie’s work by Charlotte Lagarde, premiered at The Royal Scottish Academy, 2012

“The Grace of The Birch; Art, Nature, Healing”, Art Collection for Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland, Reich and Hall Architects, curated and written by Lindsay Blair, 2011

“Tenwordsandoneshot”, KevinKrumniki online projects, October 2010

“Gwen Hardie; Art Words”, Scottish Homes and Interiors, August 2009

“Chip Off The Old Block”, BBC Radio Scotland Interview, May and July 2009

“Up Close and Personal”, Catriona Black, The Sunday Herald, Nov 16th 2008

“Gwen Hardie at Dinter”, Michael Amy, Art In America”, April 2006

“Gwen Hardie: Face Paintings 2005, David Cohen, The New York Sun, December 8th 2005

“Carol Kino observes Gwen Hardie”, exhibition catalog, Dinter Fine Art, New York, September 2005

“Face Forward: Fringe Interview with Artist GWEN HARDIE”, Dee Dee Vega, Fringe Underground, Dec 2005

“Gwen Hardie: Face Paintings 2005, David Cohen, December 2005

“Short List- Chelsea”, Gwen Hardie: Face Paintings 2005, The New Yorker, Dec 19th 2005

“In Progress: A sampling of artists in residence at the MacDowell Colony”, Monadnock Ledger, July 24th 2003

“Gwen Hardie, Verge”, Lindsey Brown Gallery, September 2001

“Lindsey Brown interviews Gwen Hardie” September 2001

“Abstraction and Immanence”,NY Arts, Deborah Everetts, April 2001

“Abstraction and Immanence”, New York Times, Ken Johnson, March 23 2001

“Five”, Art News, Cynthia Nadelman, November 2000

Editorial, Art Review, David Lee, April 1999

“Gwen Hardie”, Contemporary Visual Art, Issue 22, Sandra Lee, Spring 1999

Gwen Hardie/Beaux Arts”, Whats on in London, Rosanna Negretti, 2/3. 24.99

“Around the Galleries- Gwen Hardie”, The Times, Rachel Campbell-Johnston, 2.9.99

“he Secret Life of Paintings”- exhibition catalogue introduction, Beaux Arts, London, Keith Patrick, 1999

“The Female Figure- the legacy of Scottish Calvinism..”, Contemporary Visual Art, Issue 21, Bill Hare, Winter 1999

“Around the Galleries” The Times, July 14 1998

“Tech”, Jason & Rhodes Gallery, Contemporary Visual Art, Issue 19

The 20th John Moores Liverpool Exhibition video, with Dan Hayes, Gwen Hardie, Tony Bevan 1997

The 20th John Moores Liverpool exhibition catalogue 1997

“Gwen Hardie’- exhibition catalogue, Peterborough Museum & Art Gallery, 1996

“Gwen Hardie”, exhibition cataloge introduction, Judith Bumpus, Jason & Rhodes, London

“Gwen Hardie”, Whats on in London, Andrew Lambirth, 4.24.96

“Gwen Hardie”, Time Out, Tania Guha, 4.24/5.1.96

“Arthur Boyd, Calum Colvin, Gwen Hardie; Jason & Rhodes, Time Out, 3.1. 95

“Stinging Salvos of flesh’, The Herald, Clare Henry, 2.4.94

“Gwen Hardie; gentle yet unnerving work”, The Christian Science Monitor, Christopher Andrea, 4.94

“Gwen Hardie; Mind in body”, The Big Issue, John Keenham, 2.94

“An Artists Diary”, Arts Review, Gwen Hardie, 2.94

“Divine Abstraction and surfac’e tension”, The Scotsman, Edward Cage, 4.2.94

“Body of work”, Tatler, Celia Lyttleton, 1.94

“Jam on the southbound carriageway-fifty Scottish painters take Edinburgh to Hackney”, The Independent on  Sunday, Tim Hilton, 8.15.93

“The Nude”, Scala books, Monica Bohm- Duchen, 92

“Relative Values”, Modern Painters, Margaret Walters, Autumn 92

“A woman who looks into and through’, The Christian Science monitor, Christopher Andrea, 6.11.90

“Primitive Origins, RA Magazine, Margaret Garlake, no 26, Spring 90

“Letter from Scotland”, Arts Magazine, Paul Wood, 4.90

“A light touch for the feminine form”, The Independent on Sunday, Tom Lubbock, 4.8.90

“Engaging feimininity and the art of seduction’, Glasgow Herald, Hilary Robinson 3.7.90

“Galleries- Scotland on Sunday”, Clare Flowers, 18 Feb 1990

“Original Work by developing artist”, The Scotsman, Murdo McDonald,, 2.19.90

“A sensual artist who is watching her figure”, Observer Scotland 2.18.90

“Galleries”, Scotland on Sunday, Clare flowers, 2.18.90

“The artist as amazon” The Times, David Lee, 2.14.90

“Contemporary Women Artists, Phaidon, Wendy Beckett, 1988

“Scottish Art now;Gwen Hardie” channel 4, Keith Alexander, 20 mins, 1988

“Status symbolism, Harpers and Queen, Francis Spalding, 4.8.88

“Making sense of existence”, The Scotsman, Keith Hartley, 3.23.87

“Goodbye to soft hearts”, Bath and west evening chronocle”, Christopher Hansford, 4.12.88

“Gwen Hardie, Arts review, Graham Hughes, 12.4.87

“Modern Scottish Art packs a punch”, Christopher Andreae, Christian Science Monitor, Aug 24 1987

“Reconstructions”, Catalogue Essay for The Fruitmarket Solo show, Marjorie  Allthorpe – Guyton, 1987

“Free spirits with designs on Vienna”, Financial Times, Mark Currah, 4.24.86

“Back to earth”, The List, Alice Bain, 4.16.86

“Good with Figures”, The Independent, Andrew Graham Dixon, 3.23.86

“Douglas Thompson and Gwen Hardie”, The Glasgow Herald, Clare Henry, July 17th 1984

“Weightlessness and gravity- Gwen Hardie interviewed”, The Festival Times, Murdo McDonald, Edinburgh 1984