Biography for Angela Harding (tbc)
Angela Harding studied Fine Art at Leicester 1979 – 1982 and later obtained an MA in Fine Art from Nottingham Trent University. After leaving college she continued to develop her personal work as well as working in the arts. After working as a Director of a regional printmaking centre, and consultancy work, she has operated solely as a professional artist for many years.
British birds and wildlife have inspired Angela’s images since her student days when she would spend hours drawing and turning sketches into etchings. In particular she loves familiar garden birds, like a gaggle of sparrows that live in the ivy or the blackbirds that feel they own the garden. She also loves Curlews, Redshanks and other seabirds found in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cornwall as well as hares, foxes and more. Still always with sketchbook in hand to record the birds in scribbles, Angela has built up a set titled, ‘Alphabet of Birds’ in small beautiful black and white wood engravings, many of which will be in the exhibition.
She is often inspired by something she may have seen or read. Over the last seven years Angela has mainly worked in lino/vinyl and silkscreen. This method shows off here great passion for line which pushes her to think about her mark making, which really excites and inspires her. She spends hours creating each block later adding colours alongside hand cut paper stencils that are then used with a silkscreen mesh. The combination of water and oil based inks gives the work a quality of both softness and clarity.
Over recent years Angela has enjoyed a lot of success working as an illustrator too, with big features in Gardens Illustrated, BBC Countryfile and Country Living. Most recently she has illustrated and had published three front covers of novels by P.D. James, plus a book cover for John Keats. She has also developed a close working relationship with Art Angels who publish her work as greetings cards & notelets.
Selected Exhibitions include:-
Yorkshire sculpture Park, Printmakers prize PRINTFEST; Cambridge Contemporary Art, Bircham Gallery, Holt; Godfrey & Watt Gallery, Harrogate; Yew Tree Gallery, Cornwall; Cambridge Contemporary Art; Chelsea Art Fair; Battersea Affordable Art Fair; Affordable Art Fair, London; Foss Fine Art, London; White Space Gallery, Devon & Albany Gallery, Cardiff.