Charles Hardaker NEAC RBA


Artist statement

Charles Hardaker's aim, essentially, is to use the medium of paint to express something of the mystery behind the 'everyday' existence. He believes that the forms seen through the physical eyes are the raw material for making images to indicate a higher truth than the world of the senses.

Method of Working

He works primarily in oils directly on to canvas or board. His starting point can be anything seen in a moment or distilled over a long period of time. Initial drawings are essential. His subjects are mostly Still Life, Interiors (in which the 'Door' is a central theme) and the human head. He has produced two series of paintings for specific sites, to specific themes and has worked in a team on murals for a church and country house requiring the use of gesso and tempera.

Other Society Memberships

Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) (De Laszlo Medal), Small Paintings Group, Demonstrator at Art in Action many times


Biographical Details

1953-55 National Service, Royal Artillery, Germany
1955-58 Royal College of Art, London (ARCA)
1949-53 Studied: Birmingham College of Arts & Crafts (NDD)  

Pictures in the collections of:

Tate Gallery
Guildhall of London
The then GLC
Institute of Civil Engineers
National Library of Wales
Northumbria Water

Past Exhibitions

RA Summer Exhibitions
London Group
Guildhall of London
Annual Exhibition of the RBA, NEAC
Hunting Prizes
Threadneedle Prizes
Lynn Painter-Stainers
5 one-man shows (3 in UK, 2 in US)