John Hardy, American (1923 - 2014)

John Hardy was born in Tours, France, on March 23, 1923, to Charles Crum Hardy and the former Jacqueline Gadois. He lived in Brooklyn from age 1 to 6, when his family relocated to suburban Long Island. His mother died when he was 8, after which he was sent to live with another family in Roanoke, Va., while his father remained in New York. As a teenager, he lived with an aunt in Guilford, N.C

He spent his childhood in various parts of the country including New York, Virginia, and North Carolina, and later lived in Florida and Georgia.

His travels outside the USA include Europe, Greece, Egypt, Kenya, Uganda, the Caribbean Islands, Panama, and Mexico. In 1942, he married Betty Blackman, with whom he lived for 26 years and raised four children. He served in the Army from 1940 to 1945, spending 16 months in Europe during World War II. At age 52, he moved to New York City with Page Ogden, to whom he was married for 12 years. He subsequently lived with Naomi Lionni, who died in 1992.

He taught drawing and painting from 1958 to 1981, first at the Atlanta College of Art, and subsequently at the College of Architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology and at New York University.

A figurative painter known especially for his portraits, cityscapes, and sea?scapes, his work captured the depth and complexity of his subjects with empathy, humor, and, in some cases, astute social commentary. According to Gail Levin, an art historian, professor, and author specializing in the art of the 20th and 21st centuries, “Like those of [Edward] Hopper and [Reginald] Marsh, Hardy’s paintings often imply multi-layered meanings, enabling him to distill the essence of a cultural moment. . . . He selects and manipulates with an uncanny power, achieving ironic realism.”

John C. Hardy, an artist and teacher who lived in SoHo and Springs, died of complications from a stroke at Beth Israel Hospital in New York City on Oct. 10 2014 in the company of Joan Semmel, his companion for the past 21 years. He was 91.

Select Solo Exhibitions

2006 “New Paintings,” DFN Gallery, New York, NY
2003 “It’s up to you, New York, New York,”Susan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2002 “Portraits,” Lizan Tops Gallery. Easthampton, NY
  “The New Collections,” DFN Gallery, New York, NY
2000 Undercroft Gallery, St. Anne’s School, Brooklyn, NY
1996 Brenda Taylor Gallery (two-person with Joan Semmel), New York, NY
1994 Hurlbutt Gallery, Greenwich, CT
1993 Michael Walls Gallery, New York, NY
J. Gibson/Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington, DC
Bologna-Landi Gallery, Easthampton, NY
1991 Ratner Gallery, Chicago, IL
1990 Haines Lundberg Waehler Architecture Gallery, New York, NY
1989 MacIntosh Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1988 Cress Fine Arts Center, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, TN
Huntington Museum, Huntington, WV
Museum of Western Virginia, Roanoke, VA
1987 Georgia Museum of Art (two person), Athens, GA
1986 Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon, GA
1985 Lamar Dodd Art Center, La Grange College, GA
1984 Armstrong Gallery, New York, NY
Tweed Gallery, “The Wedding Show”, New York, NY
1982 Stanley and Schenke Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Joanna Dean Gallery (two person), New York, NY
1979 Rice University, Houston, TX
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
1978 “The Human Figure in Contemporary Painting and Sculpture in the U.S.”, Genesis Gallery, New York, NY
Sardoni Gallery, Wilkes College, Wilkes-Barre, PA
"The Best of New York” Root Art Center, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY
1972 Aronson Midtown Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Brentwood Gallery, Brentwood, CA
Select Group Exhibitions
2007 New York at Night, DFN Gallery, New York, NY
2005 10th Anniversary Show, DFN Gallery, New York, NY
2004 NYC, DFN Gallery, New York, NY
Springs Annual Artists Invitational, Easthampton, NY
2002 Tribeca Works on Paper Show, DFN Gallery, New York, NY
New York Artists, Swans Coachouse Gallery, Atlanta, GA
New York, New York, Lizan Tops Gallery, Easthampton, NY
2001 By the Sea, Lizan Tops Gallery, Easthampton, NY
Winter Show, Lizan Tops Gallery, Easthampton, NY
2000 Private Worlds, Art in General, New York, NY
Summer Show, DFN Gallery, New York, NY
1999 Artists' Studio Benefit Tour, Art in General, New York, NY
By the Sea
, Lizan Tops Gallery, Easthampton, NY
Works on Paper, Lizan Tops Gallery, Easthampton, NY
Rutgers Faculty and Friends
, Mason Gross, New Brunswick, NJ
Passion of Paint
, Richard Anderson Gallery, New York, NY
Acquisitions 1999
, Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, TN
Acquisitions 1999
, Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA
Acquisitions 1999, Macon Museum of Art, Macon, GA
1997 Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA
1996 Brenda Taylor Gallery, New York, NY
1989 Uddoh Gallery, New York, NY
1988 Artists' Union, Kiev, Russia
1986 Mattress Factory, Nexus, Atlanta, GA
1984 Die Techische Universitat, West Berlin, Germany
Armstrong Gallery, New York, NY
Tweed Gallery, Plainfield, NJ
Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, NC
Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1983 Sid Deutch Gallery, New York, NY
Stephen Rosenberg Gallery, New York, NY
Arbitrage Gallery, New York, NY
1981 Arts For Living Center, Henry Street Settlement, New York, NY
1980 Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
1979 National Collection of Fine Art, Washington, DC
1977 Genesis Gallery, New York, NY
Root Art Center, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY
1976 Paul Kessler Gallery, Provincetown, MA
Roko Gallery (three person), New York, NY
1974 High Museum, Atlanta, GA
Le Moyne Foundation Gallery, Tallahassee, FL
Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon, GA

Dalton Galleries/Agnes Scott College (three person), Atlanta, GA
Piano Gallery, Hilton Head, SC

Select Collections
            Brooklyn Museum – New York, NY
            High Museum - Atlanta, GA
            Mint Museum - Charlotte, NC
            National Museum of American Art - Washington, D.C
            Museum of Western Virginia
            Hunter Museum of American Art - Chattanooga, TN
            Morris Museum of Art - Augusta, GA
            Macon Museum of Arts & Sciences - Macon, GA
            U.S. State Department - Washington, D.C.
            Art in Embassies Program
            Georgia Council of the Arts - Atlanta, GA
            Greenville County Museum - Greenville, SC
            National Museum of American Art
            New York Historical Society
            Rockefeller Collection, Spellman College, Atlanta, GA
            Columbia University Law School
            Foster Gallery, Louisiana State University
            Grey Art Gallery, New York University
            Georgia State University Student Union
            Georgia Institute of Technology Faculty Lounge
            Lamar Dodd Art Center, La Grange College
            Museum of Art, University of Iowa
            Sewell Gallery, Rice University
            George Cress Art Center, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
            Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, and Garrison Law Firm, New York, NY
            Reader's Digest Lila Acheson Wallace Fund, White Plains, NY
            Near North Agencies, Chicago, IL
            Southerland Asbill & Brennan Law Firm, Atlanta, GA
            Cousins Development Corporation, Atlanta, GA
            Carter & Associates Real Estate, Atlanta, GA
            Kilpatrick Cody Law Firm, Atlanta, GA
            Kutak Rock Campbell Law Firm, Atlanta, GA
            King & Spalding Law Firm, Atlanta, GA
            The Mead Collection, Atlanta, GA
            Thum Collection, Dallas, TX
            Wilber Collection, Sarasota, FL
            Walter and Joan Mondale Collection
            Birchfield Collection, Boston, MA
            Charles Ackerman Collection, Atlanta, GA
            Edwards/Waitzkin Collection, Washington DC
            Feder/Freidenbergs Collection, New York, NY
            Franceline Prat Collection, Paris
            Frances Aronson Collection, Antibes & Atlanta, GA
            James Dickey Collection
            Jimmy and Roslyn Carter Collection
            Kornfeld Collection, Scarsdale, NY
            Michelle Urry Collection, New York, NY
            Julius Gould Collection, Lake Success, NY
            Phillip Walden, Capricorn Records, Nashville, TN
            Ratner Collection, Chicago, IL
            Roger Kennedy, Ford Foundation, New York, NY
            Ronald and Phyllis Katz Collection, Boulder, CO
            Steed Collection, Atlanta, GA
1996-1997 Pollock Krasner Foundation
1988 NEA Grant, West Virginia Council of Art, "New Masters Workshop"
1984 New York Foundation For The Arts Grant

NEA Grant, Ann Robinson Artists' Grants

1973 NEH/Arts Seminar, Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Institute of Technology Alumni Foundation Grant


Georgia Council of the Arts


Atlanta Festival of the Arts

Visiting Artist/Critic
1988 Huntington Museum, Huntington, WV
1985 Savannah College of Art and Design

College of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia State University


Louisiana State University

Rice University

1978 Wilkes College, Wilkes-Barre, PA

University of Cincinnati

Teaching Experience
1994 - 2002

St. Ann’s School, Brooklyn, NY - Adjunct Professor, Painting and Drawing

1980 - 1983 New York University - Adjunct Professor, Painting
1970 - 1975 Georgia Institute of Technology - Chairman, Visual Arts
1963 - 1969 College of Architecture - Professor, Painting, Drawing, and Foundation
1957 - 1963

Georgia State University - Adjunct Professor, Painting and Drawing

Atlanta School of Art - High Museum

2003 Cullum, Jerry “It’s Up to you, New York,” Review Atlanta Journal, April

Long, Robert “Mystery and Skyline,” East Hampton, NY East Hampton Star, October
Slide Lecture: Lamar Dodd Art Center, LaGrange College, March


Budick, Ariella “The Artful East End,” review; Photo, Newsday, July, New York

1999 Slivka, Rose “By the Sea,” Review, photo; East Hampton Star, July

Graves, Jack. “Point of View,” editorial. Easthampton, NY: The Easthampton Star, August.

Slivka, Rose C.S. “Arts & Letters,” review/photo. Easthampton, NY: The Easthampton Star, June.


 Artner, Alan G. “On the Beach – John Hardy’s World A Desolate Place of the Self.” Chicago IL: The Chicago Tribune, June.

1989 Beck, Carol Graham. review/photo. Art Papers: Contemporary Art of the Southeast, October.
1988  “New Masters Workshop,” essay/brochure/photo. Huntington, WV: Huntington Museum of Art, March.

Klein, Ann. “Hardy’s Art is as Deep as the Pools He Paints,” review/photo. Roanoke VA: Roanoke Times & World News, October.

Keyes, Donald, Curator of Contemporary Art, Georgia Museum. “Classic Scene, Georgia Museum of Art review/photo. Athens, GA: Banner Herald/Daily News, September


Fennelly, Larry. “Museum of Arts and Sciences Offers a Lot to See,” review/photo.

1985 “Hardy Art Exhibit to Open at Dodd Gallery,” article/photo. LaGrange, GA: LaGrange Journal, November.

Andrews, Benny (forward) and Heit, Janet (essay). John Hardy 1965 to 1985: A Retrospective, cat. New York: New York Foundation for the Arts.

Slide Lecture: College of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology, October.

“Exhibit Takes Eclectic Look ay Weddings,” review/photo, Newark, NJ: Star-Ledger, June.

Zimmer, William. “Weddings Through the Eyes of Artists,” review/photo. New York: The New York Times, June.

Corkery, Timothy. “A Timely Subversion of Expectations.” New York: Armstrong Gallery Publications, January.

Combs, Tram. John Hardy, monologue/photo. New York: New York Arts Magazine, January


“Nimrod Frazer House,” photo. Southern Accent, October.

Fox, Catherine. “Georgia Artists Find roots as They Struggle in New York.” Atlanta, GA: Atlanta Journal, May

Burnett, W.C. “Exhibit Shows Results of Hardy’s Move.” Atlanta, GA: Atlanta Journal, February


Warshaw, Renate Karlin. John Hardy: Exchanges IV, cat. June.


Slide Lecture: Louisiana State University, November.

Slide Lecture: Rice University, March.

Winters, Harold. "Hardy-Rothko Relationship." Houston, TX: The Rice Thresher, March.


Combs, Tram. review. New York: Art in America, May/June

Pomfret, Margaret. Review. New York: Arts, May.
Opening Celebration Poster, "42nd Street Theatre Row." Presentation of commemorary poster to Vice-President  and Joan Mondale, May.
Slide Lecture: Wilkes College, March.

Sterling, William. "John Hardy's Paintings." Wilkes-Barre, PA: Sordoni Gallerie Briefs, March.

Betz, Margaret. "John Hardy, Genesis Galleries." Review Art News, New York, February.

"Goings on About Town," Exhibition Review. New York: The New Yorker, January.


"Goings on About Town," Exhibition Review. New York: The New Yorker, March.

Burnett on art. "Pop Art Symbolism." Atlanta, GA: Atlanta Journal/Constitution, January.

Woodhead, Henry, "Art in the Office," review/photo. Atlanta, GA: Atlanta Journal/ Constitution, March.

1976  "Architect William Howell/Home Improvement Ideas," photo of "Folk Hero". Good Housekeeping, Spring.
1975 Burnett on art. "John Hardy," article/photo. Atlanta GA: Atlanta Journal/Constitution, December.
1972 "Tech's John Hardy Shows Paintings." Atlanta, GA: Atlanta Journal/Constitution, January.
1970 Burnett on art. "Pop Art Symbolism." Atlanta, GA: Atlanta Journal, November.
1967 Cater, Anne. "From Chaos, an Exhibit." Atlanta, GA: Atlanta Journal, August.
1962 "Look at Life," article/photo. Atlanta, GA: Atlanta Journal, November.

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