It is shaping up to be quite a spring for British artist Jeremy Gardiner (b.1957). His new exhibition Exploring the Elemental opens at Paisnel Gallery, London tomorrow evening. Then on Sunday 9 February he discusses his work at the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, before hanging his comprehensive retrospective exhibition Unfolding Landscape at Kings Place Gallery in advance of the public opening on 8 March. On 11 March he participates in the Kings Place ‘Talking Art’ programme, and in late May the show re-opens at Northumbria University.
And of course there’s his new book too, just published: a comprehensive assessment of his work to date penned by six distinguished authors, and my Book of the Week.
The themes of the work unfold subtly through the pages of this beautiful book: the artist’s engagement with the landscape, and his place within a long tradition of English landscape painting; his fascination with the geomorphology of the English coastline and its complex translation into his paintings and prints; the shifting subjective experience of being in the landscape, informed by Gardiner’s own explorations of his environment from differing perspectives – on foot, in boats, and from the air; and more empirical, intellectual explorations into the history of a place. In his conscious identification with the work of Paul Nash, John Tunnard and the English landscape artists of mid-century St Ives, he is a Modern British Artist for the 21st century. Cornwall, Dorset and the Lake District are the places to which he is most constantly drawn.
In her Foreword to the book, Wendy Baron writes: ‘The illustrations in this handsome book, complemented by [the] five essays … will surely confirm the admiration of those who know Gardiner’s work. My hope is that it will also introduce Gardiner to those who have not already discovered the joy and reward of contemplating his painting.’ I too hope that you will make this discovery soon.
Lucy Myers, Managing Director
The Art of Jeremy Gardiner: Unfolding Landscape by Wendy Baron, Ian Collins, Peter Davies, Simon Martin, Christiana Payne and William Varley. 2013. Hardback. 160 pages. 140 colour and 21 b&w illustrations. £35 / $70
Special edition incorporating a signed, original intaglio print Kimmeridge Folly, Dorset, produced in an edition of 100 exclusively for this publication and packaged with individually signed books in a slipcase. The print incorporates a photo-etched steel plate of contour patterns, a topographical etching, two aeroply collagraphs and a laser-cut woodblock of an ammonite. £300 / $600