Greg Hardy was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, in 1950. Hardy now lives in Saskatoon and keeps a studio at Meacham, Saskatchewan.
Hardy is essentially a self-taught painter. In 1970 he enrolled in a media studies program at Ryerson Polytechnic Institute in Toronto, studying photography and filmmaking with the intention of becoming a photojournalist. Hardy became dissatisfied with photography and started painting on his photos to more fully express his emotions.
Hardy is among the distinguished alumni of the Emma Lake Artists’ Workshops held each summer at the University of Saskatchewan campus at Emma Lake. He attended his first workshop in 1973, followed by other workshops from 1979 through 1982. Through the workshops Hardy was exposed to the artwork and thoughts of other artists such as Greg Curnoe,Donovan Chester, Karen Wilkin and William Perehudoff, among others.
Hardy also attended theTriangle Artists’ Workshop at Pine Plains, in rural New York State in 1989 and the Xayamaca Workshop in Jamaica in 1993.
Since 1974 Hardy has exhibited across Canada, he also had a national touring solo exhibition organized by the Mendel Art Gallery in 1989.
Hardy and fellow artist Randy Woolsey spent two years creating a large clay mural for the Sturdy Stone building in Saskatoon in 1977 for the government of Saskatchewan.
Hardy’s work is included in many public collections, including, Mendel, the MacKenzie Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Alberta, and Canada Council Art Bank in Ottawa among others.