Greg Hardy

About the Artist

Greg Hardy was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, in 1950. Hardy now lives in Saskatoon and keeps a studio at Meacham, Saskatchewan, which has become a haven for several other artists, writers, and performers. Other artists living there include Charley Farrero, Anita Rocamora and June Jacobs, who operate the Hand Wave Gallery in Meacham. The Dancing Sky Theatre also stages performances in Meacham.

Hardy is essentially a self-taught painter. In 1970 he enrolled in a media studies program at Ryerson Polytechnic Institute in Toronto, studying photography and filmmaking with the intention of becoming a photojournalist. However, he became dissatisfied with photography and started  paintingWorks of art made with paint on a surface. Often the surface, also called a support, is either a tightly stretched piece of canvas or a panel. How the ground (on which paint is applied) is prepared on the support depends greatly on the type of paint to be used. Paintings are usually intended to be placed in frames, and exhibited on walls, but there have been plenty of exceptions. Also, the act of painting, which may involve a wide range of techniques and materials, along with the artist's other concerns which effect the content of a work. (  on his photos to more fully express what he wanted to say. Eventually he turned completely to painting.

Hardy is among the distinguished alumni of the Emma Lake Artists’ Workshops held each summer at the University of Saskatchewan campus at Emma Lake. Hardy attended his first workshop in 1973, followed by other workshops from 1979 through 1982. Through the workshops he was exposed to the artwork and thoughts of other artists such as Greg Curnoe, Donovan Chester, Karen Wilkin and William Perehudoff, among others. He credits the workshops with inspiring him to try new approaches with his artwork. Hardy also attended the Triangle Artists’ Workshop at Pine Plains, in rural New York State (1989) and the Xayamaca Workshop in Jamaica (1993).

Since 1974 Hardy has exhibited extensively across Canada, and was the  subjectA topic or idea represented in an art work.  of a national touring  solo exhibitionA public showing of artwork by one artist.  organized by the Mendel Art Gallery in 1989. Hardy and fellow artist Randy Woolsey were  commissionedA contract between an artist and an individual. The artist agrees to create an image or design for the individual for a predetermined price.  by the government of Saskatchewan to create a large  clayMud; moist, sticky dirt. In ceramics, clay is the basic material, usually referring to any of a certain variety of mixtures of such ingredients — fine-grained, firm earthy material that is plastic when wet, brittle when dry, and very hard when heated. There is a temperature with ceramic clays at which their particles fuse (vitrification), and this is most commonly controlled by heating (firing) them in a kiln. The most common types of ceramic clays are earthenware (terra cotta when fired, terra cruda when not), stonewares, and porcelain. (   muralA large design or picture, most commonly created on the wall of a public building, sometimes using the fresco technique. (  for the Sturdy Stone building in Saskatoon (1977-1979). Besides the Mendel, Hardy’s work is included in many public collections, including the MacKenzie Art Gallery, Edmonton Art Gallery (now the Art Gallery of Alberta), and Canada Council Art Bank in Ottawa.


Drawing and Home Spot
Getting into Painting
Smoke from the Mine
Starting Out
Viewing other People's Art
Canadian Heritage University of Regina Mackenzie Art Gallery Mendel Art Gallery Sask Learning