About Charmaine Hardy

Australian-based photographic digital artist, Charmaine Hardy (b.1974, Melbourne, Australia), uses her work to respond to issues pertinent in the media, popular culture, and in the way we experience the world. Ironic, facetious, and sometimes confronting, these images can be appreciated both for their surface of playful exuberance, and for the sagacious social critique.

Working mostly in series, Charmaine drew much of her inspiration from growing up in the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne with themes that explored some of the conflicts, disappointments and inequalities lurking beneath the veneer of everyday life. Her work also investigates concepts relating to domesticity, gender roles, social rituals, home ownership, alientation in work, home and family enivronment and the frustations felt by individuals by the demands of contemporary living. Charmaine Hardy’s earliest influences include, Andy Warhol, Howard Arkley, David LaChapelle and Cindy Sherman.

Charmaine Hardy received her Bachelor of Graphic Design from Swinburne University in 1997. Hardy has an extensive exhibition history both in Victoria and interstate. She has participated in numerous group shows such as, Monash Gallery of Art (Charmaine Hardy, 2016, 2004) “Light sensitive, Contemporary Australian Photography from the Loti Smorgan fund (Hardy & Strong) at the National Gallery of Victoria (2006-2007) and Tarrawarra Museum of art (Charmaine Hardy, 2004). Her work is held in both private and public collections such as Monash Gallery of Art and the National Gallery of Victoria.

Hardy is currently completing her Masters in Art Therapy, Latrobe University. She resides in regional Victoria.

Education

2017- La Trobe University- Master in Art Therapy (completing)
2010- La Trobe Graduate - Diploma in Art Therapy
1997- Swinburne Design Centre - Bachelor of Graphic Design (Hon)
1996- Photography Studies College - Year 1, Photographic Expression
1995-93- National School of Design, Bachelor of Graphic Design

Exhibitions

solo exhibitions
2008
Going Green, Arc One Gallery, Melbourne,VIC

2005
Natural Selection, King Street on Burton,Sydney, NSW

2004
Naturestrip, SPAN Galleries, Melbourne,VIC

2003
Calling Earth, SPAN Galleries, Melbourne,VIC
Disturbia,The Church Gallery, Claremont,WA

2002
Clone,Span Galleries,Melbourne,VIC

2001
I Wannabe A Star,Mansour Galleries, Melbourne,VIC
Of two minds,Cafe Blu Pols,Prahran,VIC

2000
Domestic Gods,SPAN Galleries,Melbourne,VIC

1999
Domestic Gods,CASspace, Melbourne,VIC

1998
She’s Lovely,Photographers Gallery,South Yarra,VIC

1997
She’s Lovely,Swinburne Design Centre, Prahran,VIC

Influences

Andy Warhol, Howard Arkley, Tracey Moffatt, David LaChapelle and Cindy Sherman.