Detail of phosphorus Ship copy

Wounded Land

An exhi­bi­tion of recent paint­ings by Bris­tol-based artist Andrew Hardwick

Andrew Hardwick paints places that are lost or go unnoticed, the unspectacular and ordinary, often wastelands which are about to be built on. These Edgeland landscapes are filled with forgotten ruins, remote moorland reservoirs, even the occasional Amazon Warehouse. Sunsets, rain and storms also feature heavily in Andrew’s work.

He uses a variety of found materials: soils on board, plastics, canvas, roofing materials, and of course, paint, often decorator’s gloss. Following the romantic painting tradition, these textured "constructions" can be big, sometimes over four metres long.

Andrew paints places he knows well, especially those near his studio by the Royal Portbury Docks, Bristol, a transient landscape which is gradually being pulled into a modern dock and warehouse area by development. Some of Andrew’s work evokes the more rural landscape he remembers from his family farm, now existing only in memory or as what he describes as “ghost landscapes.”

The work challenges our complicated relationship with the land.

Andrew Hardwick has a studio on a small holding near the Royal Portbury Docks, Bristol. He has a degree from the University of the West of England and an MA from the University of Wales, Cardiff. Widely exhibited around the UK and Ireland, he has had recent solo shows at the Atkinson Gallery, Millfield, Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery and The Plough Art Centre, Devon, as well as representation by Anima Mundi, St Ives, since 2011.

Saturday 17th February to Saturday 23rd of March 2024.
Preview: Friday 16th February, 6-8pm

Allsop Gallery open 10-4 | Tues - Sat
Detail of phosphorus Ship copy
Painting Sculpture