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Nicholas Harding


1956 – 2022

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Sydney New South Wales Australia
    Media category
    Materials used
    brush and black ink, torn and abraded paper on two sheets of laminated white wove paper
    132.4 x 149.0 cm sheet; 146.0 x 160.5 x 6.0 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r., pencil "harding". Not dated.

    Gift of the Trustees of the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation 2001
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Nicholas Harding

    Reproduction requests

    Dobell Prize for Drawing
    Winner - 2001
    Artist information
    Nicholas Harding

    Works in the collection


  • About

    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).

    This work won the Dobell Prize for Drawing in 2001 and was acquired by the Gallery in 2001.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 6 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 11 publications

    • Sasha Grishin, The Canberra Times, ‘Content ignored in hullabaloo’, pg. 11, Canberra, 31 Mar 2001, 11.

    • Michael Hutak, The Bulletin, ‘Head and shoulder above’, pg. 84-85, Sydney, 27 Mar 2001, 84.

    • Hendrik Kolenberg, Look, ‘Drawing a winner: a decade of Dobell prizes shows us how and why’, pg. 24, Sydney, Aug 2003, 24.

    • Hendrik Kolenberg, Look, 'Drawing the spotlight', pg. 18-19, Sydney, Jun 2002, 18.

    • Hendrik Kolenberg, Contemporary Australian Drawing: 20 years of the Dobell Prize for Drawing, ‘Introduction’, pg. 6-14, Sydney, 2012, 7, 36, 37 (illus.), 61.

    • Hendrik Kolenberg, The Dobell Prize for Drawing: 1993-2004, ‘Introduction: the first ten years’, pg. 8-9, Sydney, 2004, 9, 13 (illus., detail), 32, 33 (illus.), 50, 53.

    • Joyce Morgan, The Sydney Morning Herald, ‘Art of Bell and soul of Lear lead painter to glittering rewards’, pg. 5, Sydney, 17 Mar 2001, 5.

    • Renée Porter, Margaret Olley: painter, peer, mentor, muse, 'Margaret Olley: a celebration of life in paint', pg. 8-89, The Rocks, 2017, 32 (colour illus.), 114.

    • Jennifer Sexton, The Weekend Australian, ‘Archibald bell tolls at last for artist … by a nose’, pg. 5, Canberra, 17 Mar 2001, 5.

    • S.H. Ervin Gallery, Nicholas Harding: drawn to paint, Camperdown, 2009, 72 (illus.).

    • Brownyn Watson, Look, 'Prize drawings: building a collection by competition', pg. 24-26, Melbourne, Oct 2001, 25 (illus.).

Other works by Nicholas Harding

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