About

Discover the Future

Xavier Hardison is a fine artist & designer pioneering modern painting and sculpture. Founded in 2013, X crafts luxury artwork to enhance the natural brilliance in residential, commercial, and business settings. He invites art lovers, collectors, and connoisseurs worldwide to discover the future of visual art and design.

To ensure the best quality experience, all gallery pieces come with free framing and free shipping. All artwork is delivered in 5-7 business days after purchase, and includes an official Certificate of Authenticity.

In addition to fine art, Xavier Hardison is a vintage clothing store.

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Meet The Owner

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           Xavier Hardison was born in Germantown, Maryland in 1998. He studied painting at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and received a fellowship from Yale Norfolk School of Art in 2019. Hardison has exhibited across the east coast including a solo show at West Elm Inner Harbor and group shows in Washington DC, Baltimore MD, Highland NY, and Providence RI. He currently lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland where he is pursuing his Bachelors of Fine Art from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).

          Hardison paints using thin washes of acrylic to gradually embed figures in sand. This process of building up a textured surface to incorporate a figure references Italian fresco-secco, or “dry fresco”. Predating the Renaissance, the ancient Egyptians painted limestone tablets also known as “painted relief sculptures” to depict gods in temples dating back as early as 2400 BC. These painted reliefs, however impressive, fail to accurately depict human anatomy. The fresco-secco painters of the Italian Renaissance fail to depict people of color. Xavier uses both art techniques to signify figures in tactile surfaces. He also paints impressionistic landscapes "en plain air", minimalism, abstraction, and material exploration are also specialties.

         He creates sculptural artifacts using acrylic paint, sand, rocks, and gold leaf to preserve naturally vibrant moments in African American culture. His logo is incorporated in various ways to represent his heritage. The icon is his initials, an X within a capital H. The symbol alludes to the structure of DNA, the hour glass, and a human figure.

 

          Sand is used in his pieces to highlight the passage of time, and to connect viewers to the earth. This material is used in the hour glass, is associated with leisure recreation, and is gradually formed through the natural wear of rocks by water, wind, and gravity. Gold leaf is used not only as a metaphor for the vibrance within the black community, but to activate light in the spaces they occupy. The pieces present allegories of triumph, tragedy, and fantasy while diversifying the narrative of the African American community.

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xavier hardison contemporary black artist germantown maryland
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