Kerry Harding’s landscape paintings are concerned with experience beyond the ordinary. In her practice she relies entirely on process and the manipulation of paint, working and reworking the canvas in an almost unconscious manner until that moment of enlightenment, that sublime moment of sensory response to abstract shape and colour, when the emerging image asserts its own meaning and direction on the artist. This is a notion of the sublime that precedes the finished image, bringing instinct and awe into the act of making itself. Paralleling, in some ways, the traditions of Romanticism, Harding’s images dismiss any picturesque ideas of the landscape in favour of creating a deeper connection with the viewer. Whilst the landscape around her home inspires her work, she seeks to take us from the familiar to the indefinite, playing with perspective and space in order to achieve some sense of ‘other’ or the sensorially weird. A previous bias towards abstraction, however, is giving way at present to a noticeable change in technique: formally speaking, her work is becoming more figurative, more hyper-real. Her painting process has slowed, allowing her to engage more intimately with the canvas. Scenes are stiller, and there is a new focus on detailing the landscape. Natural forms and phenomena are balanced here and there with traces of man’s structural intervention on the land, and in particular there is a new emphasis on paths, suggesting both a literal and metaphorical journey towards a place beyond the horizon. For the artist these works mark the beginning of a new, more contemplative phase of practice at a pivotal moment in her life as an artist, woman, wife and mother. By following her more established process-led methods with subtler, more psychological ways of working, she is perhaps re-anchoring herself in the landscape and giving herself, and us, the space to reconsider the ways in which both nature and art can transcend the rational and take us far beyond ourselves.


2000-03    MA, Falmouth University, Cornwall

1991-94     BA Hons Fine Art, Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University

1990-91    Foundation, Mid Cheshire College, Cheshire


Selected Past Exhibitions

2019    ‘Where the land lies’. The Byre Gallery, Cornwall

2019    The Princes Trust Auction, Highgrove, Gloucestershire

2019    The Arborealists at The Collegiale Sainte-Croix de Loudun, France

2019    ‘The Spring Auction’ The Auction Collective, Menier Gallery, London

2019    Spring, Cornwall Contemporary, Penzance, Cornwall

2019    Far & Wild Gallery, Perranporth, Cornwall

2019    Axel Arts, Bath

2018    ‘The icing on the cake’, Byre Gallery, Cornwall

2018    Winter, Cornwall Contemporary Gallery, Cornwall

2018    ‘Sea Fever’ The Auction Collective, Hoxton Arches, London

2018    Far & Wild Gallery, Perranporth, Cornwall

2018    The Arborealists at St Ives Society of Artists,

St Ives Cornwall

2018    Artwave West Gallery, Dorset

2018    ‘Hidden Depths’ The Byre Gallery, Cornwall

2018    The Arborealists with Paul Nash at Black Swan Arts, Somerset

2018     The Arborealists at John Davies Gallery, Gloucestershire

2018        Circle Contemporary Gallery, North Cornwall

2018    Spring, Cornwall Contemporary Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall

2018        Penwith Gallery, St Ives, St Ives School of Painting tutor show

2018        Spring Show, Artwave West Gallery, Dorset

2018        Winter Show, Cornwall Contemporary Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall

2017        Axel Arts, Bath

2017        Winter Show, Circle Contemporary, Cornwall

2017        Membership to The Arborealists

2017        ‘An Everyday Intimacy’ Solo show, Beside the Wave, Falmouth, Cornwall

2017        ‘Into the Woods’ The Byre Gallery, Cornwall

2016         Denise Yapp Fine Art, Monmouth

2016        Featured Artist, Bath Contemporary Gallery, Bath

2016        ‘There and back again’ with Marion Taylor, Penwith Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall

2016        ‘Special Collection’ Badcocks at Beside the Wave, Falmouth

2015        ‘Cornwall Untitled’, Badcocks at Beside the Wave London

2015        Penwith Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall

2014        Penwith Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall

2014        Hilton Fine Art Gallery, Bath

2013        ‘Coast Matter’ Solo show, Heseltine Gallery, Truro

2010         NSA Double Vision, Exchange Gallery, Penzance

2007-09     Micheal Obert Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2007         ‘Sun, Aloe, Rain’ Solo show, Campden Gallery, Gloucestershire

2006        Solo and mixed shows, Lemon Street Gallery, Cornwall

        Winter Exhibition, Campden Gallery, Gloucestershire

2005         NSA at Thompsons The City Gallery, London

        NSA critics choice, Lemon Street Gallery, Cornwall

        Solo show, Lemon Street Gallery, Cornwall

Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

Miami Art Fair, Florida, USA

2004         Solo and mixed shows, Lemon Street Gallery, Truro, Cornwall

        Solo and mixed shows, Campden Gallery, Gloucestershire

2003     Residency, Perth International Arts Festival, Kidogo Arthouse, Perth, Australia

    Goldfish Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall

    Solo and mixed shows, Bishop Phillpotts Gallery, Cornwall

    Shortlisted for ROSL scholarship

2002         Bishop Philpotts Gallery, Truro, Cornwall

        Northcote Road Gallery, London

2001     Winter Exhibition, South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts, Exeter, Devon

Solo exhibition, Phoenix Gallery, South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts, Devon

     Northcote Road Gallery, London

2000         Solo and mixed shows, Clapham Art Gallery, London

1999        Solo and mixed shows, Clapham Art Gallery, London

        Euroart, Berlin, Germany



2002        Visiting tutor at Cornwall college

2003        Visiting tutor at Kidogo arthouse, Perth, Western Australia

2014    St Ives School of Painting, 4 years lead artist on the Porthmeor Programme and short courses throughout the year.