Approved: 04.12.2015

Lee Hardman


Approved: 04.12.2015
  • Location: Manchester, North West
  • Contexts: Studio practice
  • Artforms: Mixed media , Painting
  • Tags: female, woman, wabi sabi, human, oil, painting, expression, symbolism, esoteric, colourist, gender, nurture, identity, male, man



''As an artist, I am self-taught and use my self a lot in my work. Humanity, the individual and society are what influence me and my painting. The sitter as a physical subject is mostly irrelevant as they tend to be introspective considerations. They are considerations of personal experience and feeling. They are considerations of the mundane and that which connects us all.''

In stark contrast to the technology available in contemporary society for dialogue, Lee Hardman has found an affinity with traditional oil and pigment.  He is a representational painter who references his physical self, life experience or personal debate as he explores a sense of common understanding.  Usually featuring a single character, an individual, isolated in simplistic and abstracted environments, he uses self-portraiture as a means to relate the intimacy of a humanity shared.

Born in rural Cheshire in 1976, Lee Hardman trained as a pharmacist at the University of Nottingham.  He registered with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain in 1999 and is self-taught as an artist.  He currently lives and works near Manchester, Northern England.


CV & Education





2014    Figurative Art Today, Threadneedle Prize Exhibition            Mall Galleries, London

2013    Title Art Prize                                                                        Blankspace, Manchester

2013    Threadneedle Prize Exhibition                                              Mall Galleries, London

2013    Queer Contact                                                                      Contact Theatre, Manchester



I attended the University of Nottingham and obtained a degree in pharmacy, after which I registered with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain in 1999.  As an artist I am self-taught.