Born in Bristol in 1971, Niki Hare is a diverse visual artist whose work revolves around ideas of existence and vision.
Working in mixed media, her work is very direct, it is the artist on a plate, exposed rather than hidden behind technique. For this reason it is very personal and of all the work it is the painting that matters most. Hare works in isolation. The work is in flux, constantly driven forwards and evolving. The movement is necessary for it to develop. There is no consistent formula, and no shortcuts. Hare absorbs experiences, objects, imagery without even noticing and the paintings are often an exploration of the self, both internally and somehow to do with how the artist views her surroundings. The work dissects and explores, with detail and observation, the world she has suddenly found herself in. The world is paused, broken down into layers, shuffled, pushed back together and sent on its way. Nothing is static, there is a sense of the temporary, imbalance, discomfort.
Niki Hare plays with shifting transparencies, needing to see what is beneath. Viewed from every angle, broken down into frames, maps, diagrams, aerial views. There is a focus on both what is there, but also the spaces between, what could be there. The work becomes a self-portrait, an investigation of the self, combining murky observation with a sense of painting from the inside out.
2011 November Solo show, SCRAPE (paintings, mixed media, fotos), Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire
2012 January New Visions, open submission show,Grant Bradley Gallery, Bristol
2012 January Blaue Stunde IV, “on the road”, Cologne, Germany (5 videos and 40 fotos, group show)
2012 February Heads and Abstracts, Select Artist of Month, Grant Bradley Gallery, Bristol
2012 February Round Table [collaboration] Postal-Collage Project No. 1, Berkeley, California, USA
2012 March Round Table [collaboration] Postal-Collage Project No. 1, Ramons Tailor, San Francisco, USA
2012 March Amnesty50, The Tobacco Factory, Bristol
2012 April-June Artdepot Group Show, The Roses, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire