Head I
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Head I 1985
  • Scottish Art
Despite the vast scale of this painting, the face appears shy and thoughtful, even downcast, and is half-covered in shadow. The artist has applied the paint with a sponge, modelling the form in blocks of colour. This emphasises surface texture and produces subtle colour effects, creating a sense of delicacy which seems at odds with the large size of the picture. This painting is one of a number of works Hardie made which were based on her own body, but it is not a self-portrait. Her paintings are concerned with feminine physicality, and here she presents the female body without a suggestion of narrative or context.

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Narrative art

An artwork that tells a story.

Narrative art


  • Acc. No. GMA 3718
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 190.00 x 170.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1993