Heywood Hardy Biography | Oil Paintings
11-25-1842 Chichester, ENG - 1-16-1933 West Sussex, ENGBack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Heywood Hardy left home at the age of 17 and attempted to earn a living painting animal paintings. Hardy did this and, a little while later after serving with the 7th Somerset Volunteers, Hardy borrowed some money from his brother and made a trip to Paris in 1864 to study at the Ecoles des Beaux-Arts under the battle artist Pielse.
Upon his return to England in 1868 he discovered his services as an artist were in great demand. He was invited to country estates where he was commissioned to paint portraits, sporting scenes, and animal studies.
Though he continued to enjoy such commissions, he chose to focus on painting genre subjects. Although considered a painter of hunting and sporting scenes, Heywood Hardy’s talents were much broader than that. When contrasted to other British artists of his day, Hardy’s style seems nearer to the Impressionists, but still far from it.
In 1870 Hardy and his family moved to London and during this period Hardy’s career prospered and he was elected a member of many societies including the Royal Society of Painters and Etchers, The Royal Institute of Oil Painters and The Royal Society of Portrait Painters.
In 1909, at the age of 83, Heywood Hardy moved to West Sussex and painted a series of eight-panel paintings depicting religious scenes for Clymping Church. At the time these panels caused considerable controversy as they depicted Christ strolling on the Sussex Downs and local farmlands, among present day figures were residents from nearby villages, he used as models.
Art Movement: Naturalism.
Artists Influencing Heywood Hardy: Pielse.
He Traveled To France.
Artist's Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist.