The Paintings

Much of my work explores the specter of Oregon’s weathered industrial streets and buildings and the region’s abandoned factories and sites. These areas fascinate me with all their worn surfaces, broken concrete, and bold shapes. Each site-specific place is one in which the processes of decay and re-assimilation are evident. The earth swallows up the floors, water and wind expose and scatter the edges, and new life collapses the sides. The interior spaces I find serve up an array of discarded items and surprises left behind by former inhabitants that invoke strange, mysterious stories.

The sense of mystery and danger keeps me looking around each new corner, opening the next door or walking down that furthest street. The scenes I depict often portray a feeling that anything may or has occurred there, where lawlessness has taken root. These places seem an appropriate metaphor for a certain emptiness found in the human heart.

Sometimes, this sense of place functions as an archaeological way, representing the the skeletons of our economic past and the chance of a brighter future. By attending to places whose very nature is one of neglect, I aim to present a different view, where mystery and possibility thrive and change can take hold. I question what role these spaces serve in our culture now and and how the individual relates to them in our own search for meaning and understanding. I leave the viewer to define such places independently.

Roll Hardy

Getting Tattooed

I started tattooing in 1996 in California, and Nevada. In typical fashion for those early times, I worked in a variety of shops learning along the way. I settled in for a long stint in 2005 at London Bellman’s Atomic Art Tattoo Studio in Portland OR, and spent almost ten fun filled years there until feeling the need to change things up. In the Fall of 2014, Seth Ciferri opened up Lombard Street Tattoo in the St. John’s area of Portland and I’m working there now with new and old friends. It’s been a great change and I’m becoming better connected to the tattoo world I hold dear.

I specialize in custom tattoos, but I also focus on classic tattoo designs, traditional American tattooing, Japanese influenced designs, and black work. I’m stoked to do any of the tattoo flash designs in the shop, and I also have my own flash collection I’d be thrilled to work from. Even though I do a lot of bigger custom tattoos, I’m not above tattooing a name, or something small and fun. I probably won’t tattoo your hands, or face unless I know you and we have an established relationship.

Although by trade I am a full-time tattooist, I also pursue a successful painting career in the fine arts, (bourgeois sound effects) so my schedule can vary from year to year depending on what’s happening and trying to balance things. My regular schedule at the shop is Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 11–8. This winter/spring I am only working a couple of days a week dedicated to mostly larger work, so I can accommodate work on my Solo Exhibition at The Laura Russo Gallery in June 2015. Feel free to contact me, it may take a few days for me to respond and I appreciate your patience.


Curriculum Vitae


  • B.F.A. Painting, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR 2002
  • Pacific Northwest College of Art Rome Program, Rome, Italy 2000
  • Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY 1996


  • Commission for The Visual Chronicle of Portland, Regional Arts and Culture Council 2010
  • C.S. Price Award for Painting 2002
  • Thesis Prize, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland,OR 2002
  • The Venice Foundation Painting Scholarship 2000–2002
  • Boca Grande Chamber of Commerce Scholarship1999-2002
  • Barry Tonkin Artist Scholarship 2001
  • City of Las Vegas Mural Grant1998

One-Person Exhibitions

  • “New Work,” The Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR 2011
  • “Recent Paintings,” The Laura Russo Gallery, Portland OR 2009
  • “Industrial Spaces and Abandoned Places,” The Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR 2007
  • “Temporary Autonomous Zones,” The Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR 2005
  • The Tualatin Central Library, Tualatin, OR 2003
  • Higgins Gallery, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR 2001
  • The A-Space, Philadelphia, PA1996

Group Exhibitions

  • “Industry & Art,” Vigor Industrial Shipyard on Swan Island, Portland OR 2012
  • “Critical Messages: Contemporary Northwest Artists on the Environment,” Western Washington University, Bellingham WA; Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Salem OR; Boise Art Museum, ID (catalogue) 2010–2011
  • 25th Anniversary Gallery Group Show,” The Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR 2011
  • “Up on the Wall, 6 Painters from the West,” Prichard Art Gallery, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID 2009
  • “Celebrating PNCA at 100: An Exhibition of Alumni Artists,” The Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR 2009
  • The Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR 2008, 2009, 2012
  • “20th Anniversary Group Show,” The Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR 2006
  • “Locally Grown,” City Hall, Portland, OR 2006
  • “Labyrinth,” On Six Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2005
  • “Locations and Places,” The Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR 2004
  • “Painting Portland,” Core Sample Exhibition at The Art Gym, Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, OR 2003
  • “The Carl and Hilda Morris Foundation Young Artist Exhibition,” The Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR 2002
  • “Emerging Artists,” Cabell Center, The Catlin Gabel School, Portland, OR 2002
  • “Thesis Exhibition,” Stevens Annex, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR 2002
  • “All Nude Review,” Ogle Gallery, Portland, OR 2002
  • European School of Economics, Rome, Italy 2001
  • Feldman Gallery, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR 2001
  • Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Denver, CO 1998


  • Jordan Schnitzer Properties, Portland, OR
  • Gerding Edlen Development Co., Portland, OR
  • Visual Chronicle of Portland, Regional Arts and Culture Council, Portland, OR
  • Tonkin Torp Attorneys, LLP, Portland, OR
  • Produce Row Café, Portland OR (Commission for a Series of Paintings)

Related Experience

  • Professional Tattoo Artist 1997–Present
  • Set Designer, The Haven Project, Portland OR, a non-profit children’s theater 2001–2004
  • Instructor, Pacific Northwest College of Art 2002


  • Hicks, Bob, “A month of Art to be Thankful For,” The Oregonian, November 3, 2011
  • Hicks, Bob, “A Chill is in the Air at Local Galleries,” The Oregonian, November 25, 2011
  • Schnoor, Christopher, “Beauty and the Beast: Northwest Environmental Art at BAM,” Boise Weekly, February 2, 2011, online
  • Clark-Langager, Sarah, and Dietrich, William, Critical Messages: Contemporary NW Artists on the Environment, Western Gallery, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA, 2010 exhibition catalogue, pp. 10, 48–49.
  • Cantor, Allyn, “Critical Messages: Contemporary NW Artists on the Environment,” Preview: The Gallery Guide, Vancourver, BC, Volume 24, No 2, April/May 2010, p. 52
  • “Pulse,” art ltd., March/ April 2009, p. 77, color reproduction
  • Row, D.K. “Roll Hardy earns place among tribe of desolates,” The Oregonian, March 20, 2009, A&E, p. 29
  • Johnson, Barry, “Roll Hardy painting on the edge of town,” The Oregonian online, March 28, 2009
  • Row, D.K., “Give yourself an artful break tonight,” The Oregonian, March 5, 2009, pp. E1, E2
  • Koppman, Debra, “Mel Katz and Roll Hardy,” Artweek, March 2009, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp. 6,22.
  • Row, D.K., “A spooky, parallel world,” The Oregonian, February 23, 2007, A&E, pp. 38,40.
  • Libby, Brian, “Warming art heats up chilly month,” The Oregonian, February 1, 2007, pp. E1, E5.
  • Maldonado, Victor, “Fine Young Things: Ten Artists Catching Our Eye for 2007,” PDXmagazine, January 2007, p. 50.
  • Gallivan, Joseph, “A Summertime Smorgasbord,” Portland Tribune, July 5, 2005, pp. B1, B3, illus.
  • Gragg, Randy and Stadler, Matthew, eds. Core Sample: Portland Art Now, Clear Cut Press, Astoria, OR. 2004, p.112, pp. 276–278.
  • The Organ, November/December 2003
  • Allan, Lois, “Painting Portland at The Art Gym, Marylhurst University,” Artweek, November 2003, pp. 25–26.
  • Henderson, Harvest, “Mirror, Mirror…” The Oregonian, October 3, 2003, pp. 52–53
  • Featured in numerous tattoo publications 2002–present