In mid 2009 Nicholas Harder spent time exploring the landscapes of Kakadu in the Northern Territory. In his latest series, Harder captures the kaleidoscopic essence of the Australian landscape.
‘My landscapes are concerned with memory and a sense of place – places I have visited, seen, felt. The paintings are about communicating personal sensation as much as they are about recording specific landmarks. The exterior is the subject of the painting, but the filter is personal – interior’ Harder explains.
Allowing his hand (and memory) to move freely, Harder layers watercolour, gouache, ink, and pastel to suggests characteristics of the landscape. Tonal shifts and vibrant colours are combined with mark making and tense line-work to produce paintings that are robust and intricate, composed and yet keep the eye restless, at once beautiful, messy, strange, alive, joyous, foreboding, and familiar.
Image: Nourlangie by NICHOLAS HARDER, mixed media on paper