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Jeremy Gardiner is a graduate of Newcastle University and the Royal College of Art. He exhibits regularly with Paisnel Gallery in St James’s, London and the Belgrave Gallery in St Ives. His paintings have been exhibited in Europe, the USA, South America, Japan, Australia and China. Jeremy Gardiner has won numerous awards throughout his career including a Churchill Fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and a Harkness Fellowship. He lived in the United States for 14 years and taught at MIT’s Media Lab, Pratt Institute of Art and Design in New York and at Bennington College, Vermont. In the UK he has taught at the Royal College of Art and is currently Course Director for Postgraduate studies at Ravensbourne, London. Jeremy Gardiner’s paintings are represented in public and corporate collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Government Art Collection, BNP Paribas, Pincent Masons and Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi. He has had recent exhibitions at Pallant House Gallery, UK and the Chelsea Art Museum in New York City.
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.
Jeremy Gardiner’s 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.
The new series of vertical monoprints immediately suggest a downward slice through the landscape. But the notion of a single view is something I seek to dispel. Instead, I consider these prints to be like a musical score, composed of themes and variations; a series of fragmentary views pieced together. One section might be a view of the Dorset landscape seen on a coastal walk, another a cross-section of a fossil found in that location, whilst another element might be the contour patterns seen from the air captured by LiDAR, an optical remote sensing technology that can measure the change in elevation of the landscape using pulses from a laser. Like a page of musical notation, the passing of time is implicit within the structure.
To achieve the intaglio surface of these prints I produce low relief elements to make the impressions, forming an area of texture by applying tile cement to thin Aeroply, which I expose to a high-powered butane torch to obtain the surface texture. Sometimes I laser cut a three-dimensional low relief wood block of a fossil to create the impression of a fossil within the print or photo etch a steel plate with raised contour lines.
Publication: The Art of Jeremy Gardiner: Unfolding Landscape. Contributors: Wendy Baron, Ian Collins, Peter Davies, Simon Martin, Christiana Payne and William Varley. Published by Lund Humphries (Jan 2013), includes 125 colour and 25 b&w illustrations, 270 x 249mm, 160 pages in hardback. ISBN 978-1-84822-100-0.
Limited edition of 100, incorporating a new signed and numbered colour etching produced by the artist. ISBN 978-1-84822-101-7.
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