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Jeremy Gardiner

Jeremy Gardiner (born 26 April 1957) is a modern British landscape painter whose spatially probing and texturally explicit pictures creatively transform the lessons learnt from pioneering modern British landscape painters such as John Tunnard, Ben Nicholson, Peter Lanyon and the American artist Richard Diebenkorn.

Background and early life

Jeremy Gardiner was born in Münster, Germany, the third son of Captain Arthur Gardiner and Elizabeth Gardiner, younger than his two brothers by a decade or so. After spending 3 years in Singapore, the family returned to Britain, where the young Gardiner attended Watford Central Primary School while his father worked for the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall, London. It was around this time that Gardiner started visiting his maternal grandmother Vera Travers, in her native Swanage, a town surrounded by the dramatic landscape that was to make a deep and long lasting impression on the future artist.

From 1968–75, Jeremy Gardiner attended Royal Army Educational Corps, encouraged the student to draw and develop the skills that would guarantee him a place to study fine art at Newcastle University.

In 1979 Gardiner graduated from Newcastle University and successfully completed an Artist in Industry Fellowship at Bridon Wire with Yorkshire Arts. In 1980 John Makepeace invited Gardiner to stage his first solo exhibition at Parnham House, Makepeace’s School for Craftsmen in Wood in Beaminster, Dorset.

Early career

After graduating from an MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art in 1983 with a successful exhibition (all his paintings sold), Gardiner visited Fiat and Renault car factories in Italy and France to research the aesthetics of automated robot production lines; then continued his research at British Leyland in Birmingham and completes new series of drawings and paintings.

In 1984, Gardiner was awarded a Harkness Fellowship and became a Fellow of the Visible Language Workshop at MIT and had his studio in downtown Boston. In 1985, he moved to Tribeca in New York City. While he was teaching part time at Pratt Institute of Art and Design, he had a studio in Greenwich Village and in 1987 was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship.

Professional career

Jeremy Gardiner’s artistic excavation of the geology of landscape is shaped both by human activity and forces of nature. He interprets, through his painting and printmaking, a variety of landscapes that contain the marks and secrets of their own distant formation, giving them a unique, contemporary depth and beauty. His artistic exploration has taken him from the Jurassic Coast of Dorset to the rugged coast of Cornwall, the Oceanic islands of Brazil, the arid beauty of the island of Milos in Greece and more recently the Lake District and its numerous waterfalls.

Teaching posts

2010–present Professor, Ravensbourne, London.
2007-10 Senior Research Fellow, Birkbeck, University of London.
2001-07 Professor, London College of Music and Media, University of West London.
1999-01 Bath Spa University.
1993-99 Professor, New World School of the Arts, University of Florida.
1992 Tutor in Printmaking, Royal College of Art, London.
1986-93 Associate Professor, Pratt Institute of Art and Design, Brooklyn, NY.
1984-86 Harkness fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.
1983-84 Ealing College of Art, London

Exhibitions

1980 Parnham House, Dorset
1983 Heuristic Journeys, General Electric, Hirst Research Centre, London
1984 Galerie 39, London
1985 George Sherman Gallery, Boston University
1987 Compton Gallery, MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts
1989 Centro Cultural Candido Mendes, Rio de Janeiro
Museu de Arte Moderna de Sao Paulo
1991 Fine Arts Museum of Long Island
2000 Ballard Point, Belgrave Gallery, London
2001 Maltby Gallery, Winchester
2003 Purbeck Light Years, Lighthouse, Poole Centre for the Arts
2004 Archipelago, Gallery 286, London
Northcote Gallery, London
Maltby Gallery, Winchester
2006 59th Aldeburgh Festival, Foss Fine Art
Midtsommerfest, Tysvaer, Norway
Jurassic Coast, Black Swan Arts, Frome, Somerset
2007 Arvor, Belgrave Gallery, St Ives
Atrium Gallery, Bournemouth University
Foss Fine Art, London
Along the Coast, Campden Gallery, Chipping Campden
2008 The Coast Revisited, Paisnel Gallery, London
2010 A Panoramic View, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester
Light Years, Jurassic Coast, Lighthouse, Poole Centre for the Arts
Atlantic Edge, Belgrave Gallery, St Ives
Campden Gallery, Chipping Campden
2013 Exploring the Elemental, Paisnel Gallery, London
Jeremy Gardiner: Unfolding Landscape, Kings Place Gallery, London

Scholarships and awards

1977 John Christie scholarship, Newcastle University
Northern Arts Exhibition Award
1978 Midland Bank Drawing Prize
Hatton Scholarship, Newcastle University
1979 Yorkshire Arts, Artist in Industry Fellowship
1981 John Minton Scholarship, Royal College of Art
1984 Churchill Fellowship
Harkness Fellowship
1985 Major Works Grant, Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities
1987 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship
1988 Prix Ars Prize, Austria
1995 Florida Council on the Arts Fellowship
1998 New Forms Grant, Cultural Affairs Council, Florida
2002 National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts Grant
2003 Peterborough Art Prize
2007 Arts and Humanities Research Council Grant
2008 Arts Council England Research and Development Award
2010 Arts Council England Grants for the Arts Award
Artist in Residence Nottingham University

Corporate collections

Bibliography

  • Angulo, Sandie, ‘Grants Reward the Creative Struggle’, Miami Herald, 17 August 1995
  • Baker, Robin, Designing the Future, Thames & Hudson, 1993
  • Brompton, Sally, ‘Young Masters’, Daily Mail, 13 October 1975
  • Burt, Iain, ‘The Isle of Purbeck, A Very Surreal and Romantic Visit’, CTI Magazine, 1998
  • Darwent, Charles, exh.cat. essay, ‘Jeremy Gardiner: Atlantic Edge, From St Agnes to the Lizard’, Atlantic Edge, Belgrave Gallery, St Ives, 2010
  • Davies, Peter, Jurassic Coast, Black Swan Publishing, 2006
  • Davies, Peter, exh. cat. essay, Arvor – Cornish Coast, Belgrave Gallery, St Ives, 2007
  • Davies, Peter, St Ives, 1975–2005: Art Colony in Transition, St Ives Printing & Publishing Co., 2007
  • Davies, Peter, exh. cat. essay ‘After Tunnard: Jeremy Gardiner’s Temporal Landscapes’, A Panoramic View, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, 2010
  • Elliot, Tom, ‘Jeremy Gardiner’, Blitz, July 1986
  • Finch, Liz, ‘Heuristic Journeys, from Picasso to Rasta’, Ritz, May 1984
  • Gardiner, Ginnie, ‘Summer in the City’, Artspeak, June 1988
  • Garlake, Margaret, exh. cat. essay, ‘Jeremy Gardiner: The Ballard Point Paintings’, Ballard Point, Belgrave Gallery, London, 2000
  • Gerken, J. Ellen, Click, North Light Books, 1990
  • Hansford, Christopher, ‘Inspired by a Jurassic Landscape,’ Bath Chronicle, 13 January 2006
  • Harrison, Helen, ‘Varied Approaches of Expatriates’, New York Times, 9 June 1991
  • Kerlow, Isaac, exh. cat. essay, ‘Time Passes, Listen, Time Passes’, Purbeck Light Years, Lighthouse, Poole Centre for the Arts, Poole, 2003
  • Mannheimer, Marc, ‘Jeremy Gardiner’, Art New England, December 1987
  • Marks, Lawrence, ‘Art at Work’, Observer Magazine, 7 December 1980
  • Miles, Jeremy, ‘Celebrating Art in Dorset’, Daily Echo, 15 May 1998
  • Miles, Jeremy, ‘Lighting up Lighthouse’, Daily Echo, 4 October 2003
  • Miles, Jeremy, ‘The Constant Gardiner’, Daily Echo, 13 March 2007
  • Olding, Simon, Quiet Waters, Colville Publishing, 2002
  • Packer, William, exh. cat. essay, Along the Dorset Coast, Campden Gallery, Chipping Campden, 2007
  • Rapp, Alan, ‘Picture Perfect’, I.D., November 1994
  • Raynor, Vivien, ‘Bronx Museum of the Arts’, New York Times, 25 October 1987
  • Robinson, Fiona, exh. cat. essay, Mapping the Jurassic Coast, Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 2009
  • Roodhouse, Simon, ‘A Personal View’, Aspects, Autumn 1980
  • Ross, John, The Complete Printmaker, Free Press, 1990
  • Silberger, Katherine, ‘Drawing the line’, Village Voice, 23 August 1988
  • Simms, David, ‘Jeremy Gardiner’, IEEE Magazine, March 1994
  • Solberg, Kirsten, ‘Isle of Purbeck’, Leonardo, vol. 29, no. 5, 1996
  • Wands, Bruce, Art in the Digital Age, Thames & Hudson, 2005
  • Watson-Smyth, Kate, ‘Open to Visitors’, Independent, 6 September 1999
  • Wilkes, James, exh. cat. essay, ‘Paintings and Monoprints’, Jeremy Gardiner: Remaking the Present, Representing the Past, Atrium Gallery, Bournemouth University, 2007
  • Wise, Kelly, ‘Jeremy Gardiner’, Boston Globe, 6 June 1987
  • Woodward, Christopher, exh. cat. essay, ‘The Ruins of Corfe Castle’, Purbeck Light Years, Lighthouse, Poole Centre for the Arts, Poole, 6 September–15 November 2003

Art market

Gardiner is represented by Paisnel Gallery, London.[1]

Private life

In 1989 Jeremy married photographer Veronica Falcao and they have two children, Marina (born 1990) and Marcus (born 1992).

Comments

“Gardiner's paintings reveal both the permanence of a place and the contradictory ways in which different people will experience it. One person may see the Point as a place for a picnic, another as a hazard to shipping; diverse professional interests may identify it as good farm land or a prime site for holiday housing; a child's perception of its size will differ from an adult's; blistering sunshine or a howling gale will produce different but definitive sensations that may be attached to it for a life-time. Gardiner understands that all these reactions are fictions that embody truths; rather than seeking an essential Ballard Point he celebrates its multiple fictions, with their changing truths.”

Margaret Garlake

"This is exquisite work, with material, colour and line combining to create something more richly suggestive and totemic than the merely figurative - this is the essence of landscape".

Ian Dejardin, Director, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

"These beautiful paintings manage to evoke the spirit of an island which is rich in historical associations".

Professor Richard A. Fortey FRS. The Natural History Museum, London; Author of ‘Earth - An Intimate History’, Knopf

“Jeremy has walked this coast, ridden it and even flown over it. He has drawn it endlessly, studied deeply its history, its geology and, above all, its palaeontology. All this long experience and innate sympathy, to say nothing of deep and subtle actual observation, he now distils into these remarkable paintings”.

William Packer, FT Art critic

Suggested reading

  • Darwent, Charles, exh.cat. essay, ‘Jeremy Gardiner: Atlantic Edge, From St Agnes to the Lizard’, Atlantic Edge, Belgrave Gallery, St Ives, 2010
  • Davies, Peter, exh. cat. essay ‘After Tunnard: Jeremy Gardiner’s Temporal Landscapes’, A Panoramic View, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, 2010
  • Packer, William, exh. cat. essay, Along the Dorset Coast, Campden Gallery, Chipping Campden, 2007
  • Davies, Peter, St Ives, 1975–2005: Art Colony in Transition, St Ives Printing & Publishing Co., 2007
  • Wands, Bruce, Art in the Digital Age, Thames & Hudson, 2005
  • Garlake, Margaret, exh. cat. essay, ‘Jeremy Gardiner: The Ballard Point Paintings’, Ballard Point, Belgrave Gallery, London, 2000

References

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