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Lee Hardman

Manchester UK

About the Artist

Lee Hardman (b.1976)

Having initially trained as a pharmacist, I have followed an unconventional path to develop my own self-taught art practice.  My experience in healthcare and medicine, of working with people, has influenced my art practice greatly.  In the health service we are taught a patient centred approach; to use compassion and empathy in our search for diagnosis or treatment.  My approach to painting explores this same humanity; it explores this same commonality and this same, innate, sensitivity towards a common understanding.


As an artist I use myself a lot.  I am a figurative painter intrigued by the potential for a painting to capture and hold the sense of something meaningful.  Transience and memory; impulse; vulnerability; frailty and fragility.  My paintings consider that which I know.  



2021 New Platform Art Professional Development Programme 

University of Nottingham 1995-1998 BPharm (Pharmacy)
As an artist I am self-taught.  Much of my painting references my own life and experience, touching on subjects and themes that are universal; themes that define a common sense of what it is to live a human existence. 
Solo Exhibitions
2022 Pathos Cupola Contemporary Art, Sheffield 29/04/22-07/06/22
Group Exhibitions
2022 Manchester Open Home Gallery, Manchester 24/01/22-27/03/22
2022 Scion Cupola Contemporary Art, Sheffield 27/11/21-08/01/22
2021 Cupola 30 Cupola Contemporary Art, Sheffield 24/07/21-28/08/21
2021 Figurative Art Now Mall Galleries (online) 07/07/21-20/09/21
2020 Self Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh 03/03/20-09/03/20

2018 Wells Art Contemporary Bishops Palace, Wells 06/10/18-21/10/18
​2018 Figure Cupola Contemporary Art, Sheffield 14/07/18-25/08/18
​2018 I Cupola Contemporary Art, Sheffield 17/03/18-21/04/18

2018 Fe/Male AIR Gallery, Altrincham 01/02/18-10/03/18

2018 Hotel Drawings 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe 13/01/2018-24/03/2018

2018 Unique Beauty​ Cupola Contemporary Art, Sheffield 24/11/17-06/01/18

2014 Figurative Art Today Mall Galleries, London 25/09/14-11/10/14

2013 Title Art Prize Blankspace, Manchester 08/11/13-01/12/13

2013 Threadneedle Prize Mall Galleries, London 25/09/13-12/10/13

2013 Queer Contact Contact Theatre, Manchester 01/02/2013-20/04/2013

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