Nicholas Harding | Biography

 

Nicholas Harding won the Archibald Prize in 2001 with his portrait John Bell as King Lear. In 2013 he drew during rehearsals and performances of STC’s Waiting for Godot. In 2014 he drew during performances of STC’s Macbeth; from 2014 to 2017 he has drawn rehearsals of STC’s Cyrano, Endgame, The Present, King Lear, Chimerica, The Father and Belvoir’s Seventeen.

As a 2005 Archibald finalist he was Highly Commended and won the People's Choice Award with Bob's Daily Swim, his portrait of the Australian artist Robert Dickerson. He has been a finalist in the Archibald Prize for thirteen years in a row from 1994 to 2006 and again in 2009, 2011, 2016 and 2017. He was also Highly Commended for his portrait Margaret Olley in 1998. His painting Robert Drewe (in the swell) 2006 and portrait of Hugo Weaving Hugo at home 2011 were both Archibald finalists and both purchased by the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra for it's permanent collection. His painting Beached (Yuraygir self portrait) 2015, was awarded People’s Choice in the 2015 National Artists’ Self Portrait Award at QUArt.

Nicholas won the Dobell Prize for Drawing in 2001 with Eddy Avenue (3) and has been a finalist for the Sulman Prize in 1981,2003,2006 and the Wynne Prize in 1994,1996,1998,2003,2012,2013, Highly Commended in 2016.

Born in London, England in 1956 he came to Australia with his family in 1965.

Nicholas was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2001 for Services to Australian Society and Art.

Among his other awards he won the inaugural Kilgour Prize at the Newcastle Region Art Gallery in 2006 for his painting Beach life (pink zinc and figures) 2006,and the 2016 National Artists’ Self Portrait Award Peoples’ Choice.

Drawn to Paint a major 25 year survey exhibition of his work was held at the SH Ervin Gallery in 2010 (Exhibition Catalogue National Library of Australia Bib ID 4735208).

Nicholas Harding: 28 Portraits, a survey exhibition of portrait paintings and drawings is currently on at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra.

He has had 34 solo exhibitions since 1992 and has been included in over 140 group exhibitions since 1982 and his work is in many private and public collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, National Portrait Gallery, Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery of South Australia, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Maitland Regional Art Gallery and Tweed River Regional Art Gallery.

He is represented by Olsen Gallery in Sydney, Philip Bacon Galleries in Brisbane, Sophie Gannon Gallery in Melbourne. He had a solo exhibitions in London with Theo Waddington Fine Art in 1997 and Osbourne Samuel in 2012.

 

 

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