(Australia 1956– )
132.4 x 149.0cm sheet; 145.9 x 160.5 x 5.8cm frame
The subject of this drawing is Sydney’s Central Station. Harding began with photographs and rough ‘thumbnail’ sketches in order to develop the composition before embarking on the final drawing, in various tones of ink, in his studio.
He describes his method of making the drawing thus:
'Two sheets of … paper are glued together using (an) adhesive. The machinepressed surface of the paper is too hard and resistant to absorption so I ‘skin’ it to reveal the soft stratum of paper beneath. Drawing commences using a square-tipped palette knife, emery cloth and a broken palette knife that operates both as a large square nib and as a correction tool. As the drawing progresses correction occurs by rubbing back through the drawing to reveal the white paper surface, ready to receive fresh mark-making and tone. Everything moves around until both a compositional tension and a synthesis of materials and content occurs.' (Nicholas Harding, 2001).
Hendrik Kolenberg (Netherlands; Australia) (Author), Anne Ryan (Australia) (Author), Helen Campbell (Australia) (Author), Contemporary Australian Drawing: 20 years of the Dobell Prize for Drawing, Sydney, 2012, 7, 36, 37 (illus.), 61.
S.H. Ervin Gallery (Australia) (Author), Nicholas Harding: drawn to paint, Camperdown, 2009, 72 (illus.).
Hendrik Kolenberg (Netherlands; Australia) (Author), Anne Ryan (Australia), The Dobell Prize for Drawing: 1993-2004, Sydney, 2004, 9, 13 (illus., detail), 32, 33 (illus.), 50, 53.
‘Drawing a winner: a decade of Dobell prizes shows us how and why’ by Hendrik Kolenberg, pg. 24., Look Aug 2003, Aug 2003, 24.
'Drawing the spotlight' by Hendrik Kolenberg, pg. 18-19., Look Jun 2002, Jun 2002, 18.
'Prize drawings: building a collection by competition' by Brownyn Watson, pg. 24-26., Look Oct 2001, Oct 2001, 25 (illus.).
‘Content ignored in hullabaloo’ by Sasha Grishin, pg. 11., The Canberra Times 31 Mar 2001, 31 Mar 2001, 11.
‘Head and shoulder above’ by Michael Hutak, pg. 84-85., The Bulletin 27 Mar 2001, 27 Mar 2001, 84.
‘Art of Bell and soul of Lear lead painter to glittering rewards’ by Joyce Morgan, pg. 5., The Sydney Morning Herald 17 Mar 2001, 17 Mar 2001, 5.
‘Archibald bell tolls at last for artist … by a nose’ by Jennifer Sexton, pg. 5., The Weekend Australian 17 Mar 2001, 17 Mar 2001, 5.
Dobell Prize for Drawing 2001, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 17 Mar 2001–13 May 2001.
Contemporary Australian Drawing: 20 Years of the Dobell Drawing Prize, Grafton Regional Gallery, 15 Feb 2013–24 Mar 2013.