''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.