The Paranoia of Sincerity Fractured and Frivolous
Born in 1983, George J. Harding is an oil painter located in Bristol, England.
Harding's artistic pieces include portraits, symbolic paintings, reliefs, and street murals.
The themes conveyed in his works revolve around psychological realism, an exploration of whether individuals are capable of truly comprehending the experiences of others and their own. His work intentionally compares and contrasts reality and illusion through semiotics, distortion, and fragmentation.
"Where’s the line between internal and external, cerebral and material, real and imagined?" ~ George J. Harding
There is Good in Us
Harding's first solo exhibition was on March of 2012 at the Bethlem Gallery, located near the world's oldest mental asylum. Unfortunately, issues having to do with mental health often prompt repulsive and obscene reactions from others; Harding acknowledges this ill-fated reality and challenged the social stigma circulating mental health through works featured in the exhibition. These artistic pieces include numerous self portraits and portraits of other individuals who have aided and supported Harding with his mental health issues.
“The work encourages people to look at “us” in a way that is celebratory, unconventional and can teach us something about different ways of being.” ~ George J. Harding
Several of George J. Harding's Featured Works in the Exhibition
As shown above, Harding utilizes various techniques that closely relate to impressionistic techniques. He plays with color and light, using pointillism and blurring to further enhance the visual imagery of his pieces and to illustrate "a disassociation from reality".
For Harding, painting has a become a crutch, guiding him through recovery and providing him with a means to creatively express himself with no restraints. Holistically, his pieces aim to commend those with mental health differences and regard these struggles "as a universal human condition that becomes an inward source of strength when transcended through creativity and expression."