Jackie is a contemporary landscape and seascape artist. She studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee between 1976 and 1980 and graduated with a B.A. degree and went on to complete her postgraduate degree in 1981 in conjunction with Dundee University. Jackie worked in design and advertising for five and been self employed for over thirty years.
Jackie has hosted several one-woman shows throughout her career and she regularly exhibits in group shows throughout the UK and overseas. She has recently displayed her work at RSW at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh and at the International Art exhibition in Venice.
Jackie’s work can be found in many UK public collections and in numerous private collections throughout UK, Turkey, Australia, USA, Portugal, South Africa, Canada, Holland and recently Kuwait.
Biography written by Jan Patience
‘’You can smell the salt air in a Jackie Gardiner painting.
She lives by the sea in the fishing port of Arbroath on Scotland’s craggy east coast and almost by osmosis, absorbs the power of the crashing waves which are a constant in this part of the world.
Like Joan Eardley, who drew endless inspiration from the day-to-day life of the cliff-top village of Catterline, Gardiner stirs her very fibre into her paintings.
Whether it’s a moonlit night with an inky blue sky presiding over a tumultuous sea or a set of crimson boats sitting on a shoreline, Gardiner brings a loose, almost jazz-like riff to the party when she sets out to convey her world.
Unsurprisingly, music plays a major part in her life and in a day’s work. She’s a huge fan of Nordic jazz, with Edinburgh based guitarist Haftor Medboe and his sculpted aquatic sounds being a particular favourite. She also turns to the work of Esbjorn Svenssen for inspiration. ‘both musicians ‘never fail to deliver’, she says.
The top student in a cohort which graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone college of art, Gardiner says her approach to making art has always been freedom. ‘’The first time I got my hands dirty I was about four years old and had created a mural on my mum’s wall using raspberry jam and for added effect, chucked a pan of ashes all over it!’’
After graduating, Gardiner studied for a further year in conjunction with Dundee University before working in design for five years. For over thirty years she has devoted herself to making art from her studio in Arbroath.
She travels extensively with her partner Allan Paris whom she describes as ‘a beautiful painter and the person who has influenced me most’.
In the last three decades, the couple have visited many European cities, visiting galleries and driving in the work of masters up close.
Gardiner explains ‘’we’ve seen Basquiat in Paris, Picasso in Malaga and Barcelona, Botticelli in Florence, Bruegel and Schiele in Vinna; the list is long! We’ve seen the work of all the big hitters but many smaller and more intimate exhibitions have left their mark too….especially print-making works in Krakow and Gdansk.’’
We’ve now visited the Venice Biennale five times and are slowly getting to know this intriguing water city. Seeing one of my own paintings there at a private exhibition was quite exciting! It was fantastic after all these years of hard, and occasionally lonely, graft, to be invited to show amongst a group of international artists. ‘’
‘’It’s always exciting to see new works which fire up the imagination. My most recent books to get lost in feature the works of French artist Nicolas de Stael and American Richard Diebenkorn.’’
The journey never ends for Jackie Gardiner. Dive into one of her paintings and feel the force!