Opening Reception: November 3, 5:30–7:00 p.m.
For the month of November, Russo Lee Gallery presents Recent Work by Roll Hardy. For this exhibition, Hardy continues his focus on painting both industrial and domestic zones in and around the Portland area with automobiles occasionally included. He still finds it interesting and challenging to seek beauty in these gritty areas and scenes, noting there was no shortage of subject matter to draw upon. Capturing something mysterious and evocative in certain settings, this new body of work invites the viewer to connect with these narratives as well.
A native of New Hampshire, Roll Hardy moved to the Northwest and graduated from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2002. As an emerging young painter, he received several scholarships during his studies including the C.S. Price Award for Painting in 2002, Thesis Prize, Pacific Northwest College of Art, 2002; and The Venice Foundation Painting Scholarship, 2000–02. He has completed both private and public commissions, including a series of pieces for the Visual Chronicle of Portland collection. His work has also been included in group exhibitions including Critical Messages: Contemporary Northwest Artists on the Environment, which toured to Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA; Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Salem, OR; and Boise Art Museum, ID; and Up on the Wall, 6 Painters from the West, Prichard Art Gallery, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID.