Overlooked Moments Worth a Lifetime

Glenn Hardy Jr

Born in Washington, DC, and raised in Waldorf, Maryland, Glenn Hardy Jr is a self-taught artist and graduate of Towson University, where he received a degree in Information Technology. In addition to creating art, he also practices digital forensics. 

Overlooked Moments Worth a Lifetime, a virtual exhibition by the self-taught artist Glenn Hardy, who is known for alluring, powerful paintings that chronicle Black life. Continuing this practice, this exhibition of new paintings offers a look into good times of growing up Black, shining a bright light on oft overlooked and misrepresented experiences. The virtual exhibition takes the form of a five-part mini-series exploring love, celebration, leisure, relationships, and individuality. With this format, Hardy pushes the boundaries of perception and style, disrupting stereotypes of Black life and his own reputation as a painter through figuration and abstraction. 

“To observe these paintings is to be placed in a life where Black people exist in a moment; a moment of relaxation, enjoyment, triumph, and so much more. In these works, I’m directly addressing the negative depiction of the Black community. I believe that mindset, speaking things into existence, and the information you constantly absorb are extremely influential to how you think and feel. Therefore, it is essential to change the harmful portrayal of Black people,” said artist Glenn Hardy.

The mini-series on display are broken into five parts consisting of works that address the following: Internal & external love, being able to love ourselves even when the world isn’t as accepting; Celebration, commemorating the small wins because we were once told it wasn’t possible; Leisure, living every moment as if it’s our last and showing the world that we’re human like everyone else; Relationships, having people to rely on at any time; and lastly, Individuality, the parts of us that make us who we are as a whole.

Glenn Hardy

Sierra, 2021

Acrylic on canvas

24 x 30 x 1.5 inches

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Glenn Hardy

Dondré, 2021

Acrylic on canvas

24 x 30 x 1.5 inches

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Glenn Hardy

Dany, 2021

Acrylic on canvas

24 x 30 x 1.5 inches

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Glenn Hardy

Congratulations my brother what an achievement, 2021

Acrylic and oil pastel on canvas

36 x 36 x 1.5 inches

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Glenn Hardy

Black girl, black girls, you belong in a gallery, 2021

Acrylic and oil pastel on canvas

30 x 40 x 1.5 inches

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Glenn Hardy

Going with the flow, 2021

Acrylic and oil pastel on canvas

30 x 40 x 1.5 inches

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Glenn Hardy

Until the streetlights come on, 2021

Acrylic and oil pastel on unstretched

canvas

29.5 x 38 inches

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Glenn Hardy

Day Dreamer, 2021

Acrylic on canvas

30 x 40 x 1.5 inches

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Glenn Hardy

Untitled, 2021

Acrylic and oil pastel on canvas

30 x 40 x 1.5 inches

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Glenn Hardy

Safe Inside, 2021

Acrylic and oil pastel on canvas

40 x 30 x 1.5 inches

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Glenn Hardy

Mini-me, 2021

Acrylic on unstretched canvas

38 x 29 3/4 inches

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Glenn Hardy

HBCU Marching Band, 2021

Acrylic, oil pastel, tape, gold leaf on canvas

30 x 40 x 1.5 inches

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Glenn Hardy

Story of Majorette, 2021

Acrylic, oil pastel, tape, gold leaf on canvas

30 x 40 x 1.5 inches

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Glenn Hardy

Parts of Yonnie, 2021

Acrylic, oil pastel, tape, gold leaf on canvas

30 x 40 x 1.5 inches

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