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Hardman, Jack N. (b. 1923-d. 1996)

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Jack Nelson Hardman was born and educated in New Westminster, B.C.; B.A. (Fine Arts) ‑ Western Washington; B.Ed. (Art Ed.) ‑ University of British Columbia. For two years he attended the Vancouver School of Art where he trained in engraving and illustration. In 1951 he went to England to continue his studies at the Slade School of Art together with night classes at the Hammersmith and Central Schools.

His interest in sculpture arose during his stay in England and after his return to Vancouver, Mr. Hardman gave way to his artistic expression solely through sculpture. He worked with various materials ranging from wood, clay, mosaic to metals. In addition he was known to cast bronze works in his own studio's foundry. He was assistant to Alexander Archipenko beginning in 1957 and traveled and studied in Europe. He received the print prize in the 2nd Winnipeg Show, the sculpture prize in the Seattle Pacific Northwest Artists 1957, and received the Art Museum Canada Council Senior Arts Fellowship in 1966‑67.

Hardman taught and mentored art students from the late 60’s to the mid 70’s at Burnaby Central and Centennial High School, as well teaching at the Extension Department in the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver School of Art.

From the mid 70’s to the early 80’s was the director of the Burnaby Art Gallery.

Work has been shown in major galleries of Canada and is in many permanent collections including:
Vancouver Art Gallery
University of Victoria
Lethbridge Jr. College
University of Alberta
Royal Bank of Canada
National Gallery of Canada

Hardman's work can also be found in private collections in Canada, United States, England, France, Italy, Germany, and Yugoslavia.

Commissions have been executed for private patrons, business concerns and educational institutions.