Glenn Hardy Jr. creates alluring and powerful paintings of Black life liberated from the burdens of racial stereotypes and conflict. The artist idealizes his subjects by deliberately darkening their skin tone, creating a world where Black figures exist in comfort, relaxation, joy and even triumph—free from the realities of existence as a marginalized minority in America. The artist’s work chronicles facets of Black life, including Black talent, Black “comfort” and Black voice. Employing a style influenced by Kerry James Marshall and Ernie Barnes, Hardy's work subverts, transcends and ultimately replaces stereotypical and negative depictions of American Black life.
About this work, Hardy said: "I created during a time of figuring myself out, and wondering how I could make certain things in my life work out. It seemed as though there was a spotlight on me during that period, but I wasn’t alone. There was always someone there to let me know it’s possible."
Glenn Hardy Jr.’s paintings depict Black life liberated from American racial stereotypes that depend on conflict. Deliberately darkening their skin tone, the artist creates idealized figures from his subjects in a style that draws from the work of Kerry James Marshall and Ernie Barnes. Hardy’s work chronicles the lives of Black people and Black voices, featuring scenes where joyous figures are comfortable, relaxed and triumphant.