This is Nicholas Harding

By Gwylym Owen

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Nicholas Harding is an Australian artiste born in London, United Kingdom in 1956. In 1965 his relations emigrated to Australia, settling in the Sydney suburb of Normanhurst. He became an Australian citizen in 1974.

He won the Archibald Prize in 2001 next a portrait of John Bell as King Lear. He with won the People’s Choice Award at the 2005 Archibald, with Bob’s Daily Swim. He has been a finalist in the Archibald Prize – for thirteen years in a row, from 1994 to 2006, and after that in 2009, 2011, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2020.

He was born in England and came to Australia in 1965. He was exhibited in the finalists for the Sulman Prize in 1981, 2003, 2006 and the Wynne Prize in 1994, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2016 and 2017.

He won the Dobell Prize in 2001 with Eddy Avenue (3).

He was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003.

His painting Robert Drewe (in the swell) was a 2006 Archibald Prize finalist and was purchased in 2010 by the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra for its unshakable collection which next includes his portraits Hugo at Home 2011 (portrait of Hugo Weaving), Richard Roxburgh 2014 and John Olsen A.O. 2017

His painting Beach life (pink zinc and figures) 2006 won the inaugural Kilgour Prize at the Newcastle Art Gallery in 2006.

Drawn to Paint, a major 25-year survey exhibition of his work, was held at the SH Ervin Gallery in 2010.

In 2015 his painting Beached won the National Self-Portrait Prize People’s Choice Award.

28 Portraits, a survey exhibition of his portraits, was held at the National Portrait Gallery in 2017.

He has had on pinnacle of 40 solo exhibitions before 1992 and has been included in greater than 100 action exhibitions previously 1982.

His deed is included in many public collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, National Portrait Gallery, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of South Australia, Tweed River Art Gallery, Newcastle Art Gallery and Maitland Regional Art Gallery.

In 2020 he published From the Wings a limited-edition 312-page record containing a selection of his theatre rehearsal drawings from 2013-18.

In 2021 his 2001 Archibald Prize-winning portrait John Bell as King Lear was included in the Archie 100 exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales celebrating 100 years of the Archibald Prize.

He is represented by Olsen Gallery in Sydney, Philip Bacon Galleries in Brisbane and by Sophie Gannon Gallery in Melbourne.

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