Janet Hardie is a Senior Specialist for Modern British & Irish Art at Bonhams New Bond Street in London. In this role she sources consignments for the two main department auctions held in June and November each year, travelling regularly to view and appraise fine art, and always welcomes the opportunity to do so. She has a particular interest in the art of St Ives, including Barbara Hepworth, Peter Lanyon and Ben Nicholson, as well as enjoying the great depth and variety this period covers; from elegant high-society portraiture at the turn of the century to the 'Geometry of Fear' period of post-war sculpture, the smooth, timeless bronze forms of Henry Moore's figures to the zing of Patrick Heron's gouaches, the unconventionality of the Bloomsbury group to the imaginative and enigmatic compositions created by L.S. Lowry. She also works on multi-departmental sales such as Blazing a Trail which celebrates art by Modern British women, and British. Cool., a sale focussed on creativity in Britain from 1950 to now, which she co-leads.
Janet joined the New Bond Street team in April 2022, prior to which she was Head of Sale for the Modern British & Irish Art sales at Bonhams Knightsbridge for four years. In this role, recent sale highlights have included selling the largest collection of works by Kyffin Williams in private hands in April 2021, which was 100% sold, and working on the sale of rare and unusual works by David Jones, Peter Lanyon, Wyndham Lewis and others.
Janet has overseen and initiated collaborations with many artists, which include two fundraising sales with Sir Quentin Blake; Quentin Blake Draws the Rainbow in May-June 2020, which raised money for NHS Charities Together, and Quentin Blake Draws Hope for Ukraine in May 2022, which raised money for Hope and Homes for Children. She has also worked with artists including Yinka Ilori and Camille Walala on the British. Cool. and Pop x Culture sales, which included commissioning Walala to paint a beautiful mural, Putting Things in Perspective, in our flagship New Bond Street entrance area.
Prior to joining Bonhams in 2018, Janet worked at Sotheby's in the Modern & Post-War British Art Department. She holds a degree in History of Art from the University of St Andrews. Janet is also an auctioneer and regularly takes sales across the New Bond Street and Knightsbridge offices for different departments, as well as taking charity auctions.