“Secluded Views” is Christopher Harding’s second gallery show. This show builds upon the success of his previous “Kimono Series” and continues the artist’s keen interest in Eastern art. Christopher has gathered inspiration from the work of renowned 19th century Japanese landscape artists Hiroshige and Hokusai and a recent visit to Montreal’s Botanical Gardens. Influenced by these famous Japanese print makers of the 1830’s, he has created a series of textured images of rock formations and vegetation through the layering of traditional gouache paint and black India ink.
Secluded Views features a series of Japanese influenced screens, comprised of smaller versions of the decorative room dividers common in Asian culture.
Born in Fredericton, Christopher Harding graduated from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design in Advanced Studies of Surface Design in 2004, where his studies focused on learning a wide variety of surface design techniques. The artist has taken his love of surface design to develop his own unique “outside the box” technique over the past eight years. In 2003 Christopher Harding was an award winner in the prestigious Surtex International Student Design Competition in New York. Christopher opened his painting studio at Fredericton’s Charlotte Street Art and Learning Center in 2006 following his studies at the Art Gallery of Ontario. He is a juried member of the New Brunswick Craft and Design Council and the Nova Scotia Craft Council.