Nicholas Harding

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Nicholas Harding
Born1956 (age 62–63)
Known forPainting
AwardsArchibald Prize
2001 John Bell as King Lear

Nicholas Harding (born 1956) is an Australian artist who won the Archibald Prize in 2001 with a portrait of John Bell as King Lear. He also won the People's Choice Award at the 2005 Archibald, with Bob's Daily Swim, he has been a finalist in the Archibald Prize – for thirteen years in a row, from 1994 to 2006, and also in 2009, 2011, 2016 and 2017.

He was born in England and came to Australia in 1965, he was exhibited in the finalists for the Sulman Prize in 1981,2003,2006 and the Wynne Prize in 1994,1996,1998,2003.

He won the Dobell Prize in 2001 with Eddy Avenue (3).

He was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003.[1]

His painting Robert Drewe (in the swell) 2006 was a 2006 Archibald Prize finalist and was purchased in 2010 by the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra for its permanent collection.

His painting Beach life (pink zinc and figures) 2006 won the inaugural Kilgour Prize at the Newcastle Region Art Gallery in 2006.

Drawn to Paint, a major 25 year survey exhibition of his work, was held at the SH Ervin Gallery in 2010.[2]

He has had 23 solo exhibitions since 1992 and has been included in over 100 group exhibitions since 1982.

He is represented by Rex Irwin Art Dealer in Sydney, Philip Bacon Galleries in Brisbane, Sophie Gannon Gallery in Melbourne and Hill Smith Gallery in Adelaide.


  1. ^ It's an Honour. Retrieved 4 June 2016
  2. ^ Exhibition Catalogue National Library of Australia Bib ID 4735208

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Preceded by
Adam Cullen
Archibald Prize
for John Bell as King Lear
Succeeded by
Cherry Hood