Doublespeak: Paintings by Jerry Hardesty

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Paintings by Jerry Hardesty
Sat, Nov 18, 4–5:30pm

Ambiguity is a theme in much of my work as I want viewers to have their own experience with each of my paintings. To me, titles are an important part of my creative process... a painting is incomplete until receiving its title. I, therefore, avoid leading viewers by using obscure titles.

Doublespeak, not only the title of this show but also of a recent painting, is a metaphor for the ambiguity, the esoteric, the mysterious, and the secretive in the Doublespeak paintings. What am I communicating through Doublespeak? What comes to mind when viewing this group of paintings? The color blue contributes to the overall theme of ambiguity and is resurgent as it unifies the exhibition. Why blue? It's simple, color studies indicate that blue is the favorite color for most people. Furthermore, it's my favorite color.

In my creative process, I use acrylics, oils, and oils with cold wax. I love to explore color and texture. With each new layer, I am responding to the previous layer. I apply paint and gels, then remove almost as much as I have applied to reveal part of the layer beneath. I scrape and sand. I work and rework each painting until it begs to be blessed with a title.

Jerry Hardesty transitioned from a corporate career to full-time artist in 2006. He loves his work as an artist and finds that his skills and creativity are a natural fit.

Since early beginnings, Hardesty progressed from landscapes and other representational painting to non-objective abstracts. His current work is based on exploration with color and texture as it relates to various themes, including emotions, music, and life experience. Experimenting with oil and cold wax techniques has become a new passion. Blending saturated colors and applying resin are his favorite techniques along with incorporating unique surfaces to produce textural depth and movement in his paintings. Hardesty paints on both MDF panels and traditional canvas.

Like many artists, Hardesty is often asked about his "muse," about what inspires him. His answer quotes Chuck Close, "Inspiration is for amateurs, the rest of us just show up and get to work." Still Hardesty finds inspiration in his very first brushstrokes or "marks" on canvas. Each new mark or layer is a response to the previous one. He especially enjoys discovering new tools for "mark-making" by roaming the aisles of hardware stores or the kitchen areas of department and home stores.

Hardesty resides in Salt Lake City, Utah with his wife whom he met on a blind date in Kansas City, Missouri many years ago. The Hardesty's have three adult children and six grandchildren.

Location: Marmalade Branch

Contact Information: 801-594-8680