Jeremy Gardiner grew up surrounded by the ancient history of the South West Coast. He has explored it on long walks, boat rides and flights, forever seeking out new points of view. Led by his adventurous spirit, he has discovered the geology of other parts of the world, from the volcanic forms of Noronha, an archipelago 300 miles off the north east coast of Brazil, to Milos, one of the Cycladian Greek islands. But it is the South West that stirs Gardiner’s imagination the most and he is constantly drawn towards it, making new discoveries and finding fresh sources of inspiration as he ventures further into unknown territory.
Creating distinct layers of colour, Gardiner’s working method involves scouring, building accretions of paint, collaging and sanding down, in an attempt to emulate on the surface of his paintings the effects of geological time on the landscape. He combines features from different locations of the coastline in the same paintings, achieving intriguing images that take the viewer on a new exploration of familiar territory, from multiple perspectives.
“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.”
Jeremy Gardiner is a graduate of The Royal College of Art and received a BA Hons Fine Art from Newcastle University. He was awarded a Churchill Fellowship and later a Harkness Fellowship, which allowed him to work in Boston and New York during the 1980s. He has exhibited his work internationally for many years, including North America, Japan and China. Recent exhibitions include ‘The Coast Revisited’ at the Paisnel Gallery, London and ‘Imaginalis’ at The Chelsea Art Museum, New York City. His work is held in numerous corporate, public and private collections in Europe and the United States.