Hardy - Dead Energy

Dead Energy

2019

oil on canvas

6.5 x 12.5 inches framed

Hardy - Night Scene

Night Scene

2019

oil on canvas

6.5 x 12.5 inches framed

Hardy - Demolition

Demolition

2019

oil on canvas

8.5 x 10.5 inches framed

Last Legs

Last Legs

2019

oil on canvas

8.5 x 10.5 inches framed

Hardy - Flurries and Sun

Flurries and Sun

2019

oil on canvas

8.5 x 10.5 inches framed

Hardy - Cold Rails

Cold Rails

2019

oil on canvas

8.5 x 10.5 inches framed

Hardy - Encampment

Encampment

2019

oil on canvas

8.5 x 10.5 inches framed

Hardy - Business as Ususal

Business as Usual

2019

oil on canvas

8.5 x 10.5 inches framed

Hardy - Bleached Out

Bleached Out

2019

oil on canvas

8.5 x 10.5 inches framed

Hardy - The Bend

The Bend

2019

oil on canvas

8.5 x 10.5 inches framed

Bend - Marginal Crossroads

Marginal Crossroads

2019

oil on canvas

8.5 x 10.5 inches framed

Hardy - Mucky Trek

Mucky Trek

2019

oil on canvas

8.5 x 10.5 inches framed

Hardy - Sauvie Afternoon

Sauvie Afternoon

2019

oil on canvas

11.5 x 14.5 inches framed

Hardy - Icy Morning

Icy Morning

2019

oil on canvas

11.5 x 14.5 inches framed

Hardy - Watch Your Step

Watch Your Step

2019

oil on canvas

10.5 x 20.5 inches framed

Hardy - Remnants

Remnants

2019

oil on canvas

16.5 x 16.5 inches framed

Hardy - Fremont and Snow

Fremont and Snow

2019

oil on canvas

12.5 x 24.5 inches framed

Hardy - Waiting Room

Waiting Room

2019

oil on canvas

20.5 x 20.5 inches framed

Hardy - Tinder Box

Tinder Box

2019

oil on canvas

16.5 x 20.5 inches framed

Press Release

For the month of July, the gallery is pleased to present Marginal by local artist Roll Hardy. Hardy’s new body of work features Portland’s industrial landscape and abandoned scenes of the city’s urban environment. In Hardy’s bold representations exist a sense of quiet solitude that remains a dominant feature throughout his work. A vacant parking lot, an aging building, and an uninhabited house with graffiti are just some of the cityscape scenes for which the artist is known. His paintings demonstrate locations that go relatively unnoticed amid the city’s rapidly changing landscape. Work titles such as Demolition, Last Legs, and Remnants speak to the artist’s perceptive interest in exploring time and documenting the physical landscape. As Hardy puts it, “I’ve focused again on the banal weathered streets and facades, places close to or in the process of demolition…I’ve looked for interesting scenes and tried to find the hidden beauty in what we routinely pass by in our daily lives.”

Roll Hardy depicts the grittier edges of urban locales with a lively and impressionistic touch that focuses new attention on forgotten spaces. Hardy reveals a profusion of dispossessed places, occasionally reclaimed by inhabitants who seem to have taken a wrong turn and are the better for it. Through his unique perspective and soulful interpretation, Hardy finds the beauty in his untraditional subject matter.