Art Education: Regent Street Polytechnic School of Art 1955-57, Slade School of Fine Art
Qualifications: Intermediate Certificate in Arts and Crafts 1957, University of London Diploma in Fine Art 1960
Picture restorer, art therapist and part-time teacher of art at ILEA Evening Institute 1974-87 Elected to Associate Membership of the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) 1995, Elected to full Membership 1998
One Women Show:
Woodstock Gallery 1968 Group Exhibitions:
London Group 1959 + 1962
Young Contemporaries 1960
Royal Academy 1961-1977
John Whibley Gallery Cork Street 1969
New English Art Club 1993 + 1994
Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour 1994 + 1998
Royal Institute of Portrait Painters 1995
Laura Hardy trained and worked as a nurse until the age of 26 then obtained a grant to study medical art and fine art at the Regent Street Polytechnic. In 1958 she gained a scholarship at the Slade School and studied under Sir William Coldstream, and was awarded the Slade Diploma in Fine Art in 1960. During the sixties and seventies she exhibited regularly a variety of work , mainly still life, at the Royal Academy Summer Shows and sold to collectors in the UK, Italy and the USA.
During the eighties, besides devoting time to her two sons, she continued to paint views through windows, still-life, and interiors, both in oil and watercolour, and also a number of portraits. In 1992 she began to exhibit with the RBA and was elected as an associate Member in 1995 and a full member in 1998.
Her abiding interest is the object seen, whether still-life, interior, portraiture or the nude and though in some art circles this preoccupation is regarded as unfashionable, she shall continue to work within the limits of her own personal vision which has and still does meet the demands of an appreciative audience.