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Kris Hardy’s background is in fine art painting and automotive design. He was born in Nottingham in 1978, where he lived until he went to university at 19. He studied art and design at college and then vehicle design at the University of Huddersfield, where he graduated with a 1st Class Honours Degree in 2000. Kris Hardy then went on to study at the Royal College of Art in Kensington where he gained his MA. He worked at various design studios after graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2002, including Lotus Cars. Since 2003 Kris has concentrated full-time on his paintings and has exhibited in galleries around the UK. He has undertaken numerous commissions, with the vast majority of his paintings being commissioned from the south of England. He recently delivered commissions to both Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, and his deputy, Richard Barnes. Kris has lived in Hull for the past few years with his partner, and his dog, which he religiously walks along the river Humber every day.