We are pleased to present our third exhibition of paintings by the young artist, Roll Hardy. Proving to be a contemporary Northwest regionalist, Hardy paints what he sees in the surrounding urban scape, responding particularly to places detached from mainstream society. Hardy’s interest in these industrial landscapes and derelict sites comes from their archeological-like mystery, both from their place in history and in their detachment from time and space. Hardy writes, “by attending to places whose very nature is one of neglect, I aim to present a different view where mystery and possibility thrive and change can take hold.” Already an adept painter, this artist is worth following as he explores and develops his distinctive realm.
Originally from New Hampshire, Roll Hardy graduated from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2002. A promising new comer, he received several scholarships during his studies including the C.S. Price Award for Painting in 2002. His work has been included in many local group shows since 2000 and is part of the Visual Chronicle of Portland collection.