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Hardaker studied at Birmingham College of Arts and Crafts, and after completing National Service in 1955 spent three years at the Royal College of Art, London. In 1967 he wrote of this picture: '...it forms part of a series on a theme (or rather multiple themes) which is still developing... Motives for the paintings in general (as much as one dare to define them!) are architectural and philosophical in that the basically cubic container form has been connected with the cube/earth symbol in Plato's Timaeus. But also things as they are is important as any intellectual idea so that the paintings retain strong roots in things seen.'

September 2004