Angela Harding is an established painter and printmaker who works from her rural studio in Wing, Rutland. Recurring inspirations are the changing seasons and the flora and fauna of the British countryside, from which her work expresses the mood and atmosphere of the landscape. Harding principally works in block print, combining vinyl or lino with layered coloured silkscreen, which gives a strong graphic emphasis to the work.
Flights of Memory is a collection of new paintings and prints inspired by British birds and animals in their natural landscapes. Harding spent some of her childhood in North Yorkshire and has revisited locations reminiscent of that time for this exhibition to produce works which are observational and also rely on a combination of imagination and memory. Harding’s delicate and intriguing style is further shown through her mainly British bird alphabet, exhibited for the first time at YSP. This features a series of 26 wood engravings that take joy in the shape, form and pattern of our British birds.