George J Harding is a fine artist and oil painter based in Bristol, UK.
He specialises in portraiture, symbolic paintings, street art murals and reliefs made from resin and perspex.
George sees his art as an exploration and journey of discovery through expression.
He mixes styles, symbols, signs and movements of the past and present using different strategies of expression that feed into themselves and are interchangeable. His art explores the extent and limitations of our efforts to contemplate our own experiences and the experiences of the people around us. Where’s the line between internal and external, cerebral and material, real and imagined? The central premise of his work focuses on a psycho emotional realism that makes the truth of feeling real and this human quality unites us.
George incorporates persistent experiments in style as a strategy for rendering fleeting moods, perceptions, fixations and beliefs into physical forms. The styles he employs can be interpreted as different ‘voices’, reflecting the stark or subtle variations in his emotional and intellectual response to different contexts. The organization of chaotic internal dialogue into a material, structured form brings about perceptual clarity, validation and deeper understanding; equally, each work opens a dialogue with the viewer, offering them unique opportunities for self reflection on the questions his paintings pose.
George’s aim is to find a greater sense of self, vision and spirit through making art and is an exploration and journey of discovery through expression. Ambiguity is championed, while the instinct to simplify and sanitise for easy consumption is resisted. Taken as a whole his work is a miscellany of experience that celebrates the overcoming of mental health differences and difficulties as a universal human condition that becomes an inward source of strength when transcended through creativity and expression.
After a sell-out degree show at Chelsea, University of the Arts, London, his first solo exhibition, called ‘There is Good in Us’, was held at the Bethlem Gallery in 2012. A number of solo exhibitions in London and the Southwest have followed, but he retains close links with the Bethlem Gallery since a referral for mental health difficulties during his studies. His interest in mental health led to exposure as a featured cover artist for the British Journal of Psychiatry and 12 Lancet Psychiatry covers throughout 2015. George’s work appears in the Bethlem Museum of the Mind amongst other public and private collections. This year and last, arts organisation Outside In, put on a radical new show called Alternative Visions. His painting ‘Pink Rain and Pain’ featured, and was the lead image for the exhibition. Alternative Visions toured the South West showing at the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Falmouth Art Gallery, The Wilson in Cheltenham and Poole Museum.