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Angela Harding

The flora and fauna of the British countryside is the inspiration for my work. My studio looks out over the Rutland landscape; the view is of sheep fields and English farmland, this is often represented in my work but the main theme of my paintings and prints, is British birds. I have always loved birds; the gulls of St Ives, summer blackbirds in my garden or the haunting sound of Curlews across the salt marshes of Norfolk are often the starting point for new work. It was Thomas Hardy who referred to birds as persistent intermits – moments of nature in all its many forms that can be experienced in a very personal way. Birds have been represented in my work for the last 25 years so it seems rather fitting that I currently live in a small Rutland village called Wing.

Colour is also an inspiration for the work, soft English greens, greys and blues of the landscape or vibrant reds and oranges of autumn are a backdrop used in my paintings and prints. My work also has a strong reference to British painting of the 40s and 50s, especially the work of artist such as Eric Ravillious, David Jones and Winifred Nicolson as well as contemporary artists such as Mary Fedden and the Scottish colourists.

I exhibit my work across the uk in both group and solo shows. I have also been commissioned for a number of illustration projects most recently for Garden’s Illustrated magazine for which I will produced a monthly image to accompany Frank Ronan’s column. I have also recently been invited to work with The Curwen Studio producing my first litho “Early Nesters”. Images have also been published by Cannes Down Press and Art Angels as greeting cards and I have recently been featured in Country Living Magazine.
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