Roll Hardy depicts society’s bleak urban cast-offs with a lively and impressionistic touch that focuses new attention on forgotten spaces. The derelict and abandoned locales that Hardy paints come to embody a mysterious history of intended and illicit uses. Working further afield and occasionally in a larger scale for these new works, Hardy reveals a profusion of dispossessed places. An adept painter, Hardy finds a beauty in this difficult and immediate subject matter through his unique perspective and soulful interpretation. Hardy’s paintings represent the first step in considering such possibility, bringing detached places back into the society that left them behind.
A native of New Hampshire, Roll Hardy moved to the Northwest and graduated from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2002. As a promising young painter, he received several scholarships during his studies including the C.S. Price Award for Painting in 2002, Thesis Prize, Pacific Northwest College of Art, 2002, and The Venice Foundation Painting Scholarship, 2000-02. He was commissioned to make work for the Visual Chronicle of Portland collection. His work has also been included in group exhibitions including Critical Messages: Contemporary Northwest Artists on the Environment, which toured to Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA; Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Salem, OR, and Boise Art Museum, ID; and Up on the Wall, 6 Painters from the West, Prichard Art Gallery, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID.