Dutch visual artist Dirk Hardy (Boxtel, The Netherlands, 1989) graduated from the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam in 2014. His staged photographic images aim to challenge the viewer to slowly break through the stylized surface and connect with the narrative and often critical elements in the works. Obsessed with aesthetics and the photographic medium, Dirk constantly pushes to refine his craftsmanship and to develop the symbiotic relationship between form and content. Returning interests of Hardy evolve around people, society, alienation, anonymity, and modern city life. Hardy’s images are suggestive and inviting to the viewer’s own interpretation. They are a result of Dirk’s curiosity in the complexity of man and of his urge to give the beholder a glance into his world.
Dirk’s method of working is highly influenced by having studied architecture. His research, observations and ideas form the foundation of his work, and by carefully designing a detailed plan to communicate his vision to the viewer, Hardy is able to take full control in constructing every aspect of the process.
Dirk Hardy currently lives and works in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Photography, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, NL
Minor in Critical Theory, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, NL
Architecture (Structural Engineering), University of Technology, Eindhoven, NL
First assistant / Retoucher, Pieter Henket, New York City, NY, USA
First assistant, Boom Productions Inc, New York City, NY, USA