Lucy Hardie is an Australian artist based in Ocean Grove, Victoria. Born in Shepparton, Victoria, she began her education at a Waldorf school that her parents built on their farm and it was here that her artistic inclinations were fostered. Surrounded by her parent’s extensive collection of art books, she became enchanted at an early age by the work of Grünewald, Repin and the illustrations by H. J. Ford and Ivan Bilibin, often losing herself in their otherworldy imagery.
In 2007, Lucy held her debut solo exhibition at Synergy Gallery in Melbourne, which sold out on opening night. Her work has since been exhibited throughout Australia and internationally and published in a variety of books, including Curvy and Semi-Permanent.
She holds a Bachelor of Illustration from NMIT in Melbourne. Lucy Hardie had started several degrees in writing and visual arts but decided not to finish. Instead, her time went towards establishing herself as an artist, creating works of art and exhibiting them in galleries around Melbourne and Victoria. She heard about the NMIT Illustration program and decided to enrol when the NMIT Bachelor of Illustration was added.
In 2009, she travelled to Austria to commence study with US artist, Philip Rubinov Jacobson, in the ‘mischtechnik’, an Old Masters method of painting using a combination of resin, egg tempera and oils.
“I felt an affinity with Phil’s post conventional approach to art and creating. I also met some of his peers there, including Michael Fuchs and De Es Shwertberger. Spending time with these artists and creating with them, I felt like I’d come home.“
Lucy was selected as a finalist and had her work displayed at The Undergraduate in 2011, an exhibition featuring the works of students from Victoria’s leading art institutions.
Informing Lucy’s meticulously rendered imagery includes the work of Ernst Fuchs, Vali Myers, Albin Brunovsky and Vania Zouravliov, natural phenomena, fairy tales and Integral Philosophy.
“I seek for my work to facilitate in the viewer a deeper experience of Life’s infinite beauty and mystery, to help others remember our already free and interconnected nature.”