Born in London 1973.
Lives and works in London.
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Temporary Wet Paintings (TWP)
Since 2005 Harding has been making Temporary Wet Paintings (TWP) outside of the studio. Made in the gallery or alternative spaces, the painting's entire surface is ruptured at a far quicker rate and allowed to fall entirely away from the support often making two painterly panels from one source. The painting support is also turned, leant or laid flat away from the wall. Photographed and then destroyed these works are ongoing and critically challenge the works made in the studio over a period of months.
Harding describes this series as “ time based, performative and extreme in the way they shun the pictorial incident evident in the studio paintings. I wanted to make something quicker that existed for just a short time in a specific space and also open up the work; I see these works as a painterly equivalent of Bas Jan Ader forever falling off things or Smithson’s earth and glue pours. Most Importantly they force to me to react in ways I wouldn’t in the studio, they can be to do with a type of dissent and celebration of painting”.
Click here for David Ryan on Harding's TWP's.