DAVID A. HARDY
DAVID A. HARDY, FBIS, FIAAA is the world’s longest-established space artist. Born in Bournville, he first exhibited in 1952, and was published (in a book by Patrick Moore) in 1954, at the age of 18. He has since exhibited many times internation-ally, and his work is in the National Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
An illustrated book of his life and work, Hardyware, was published by Paper Tiger in 2001. In 2004, to celebrate 50 years of collaboration, he and Sir Patrick Moore published Futures: 50 Years in Space, which received the Sir Arthur Clarke award and was nominated for a Hugo – SF’s equivalent of the Oscars.
Hardy is European Vice President of the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA). In 2003 he received the great honour (usually granted only to astronomers) of having an asteroid named after him: Davidhardy=1998 SB32. Although he has embraced digital technology and works in Photoshop on his Mac, he still enjoys painting in acrylics and oils. His painting here is almost certainly the first astronomical art ever seen at the Open!