Biography

Frank Gardner was born and raised in Poughkeepsie, New York. He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1986 with a BFA in Painting. A desire to find true inspiration for his paintings eventually led him to relocate to Mexico in 1990. His studio is in San Miguel de Allende, where he resides with his wife and daughter.
Gardner's painting style adeptly captures his subject's mood, whether it be a dramatic landscape, colorful Mexican street scene or boats in a harbor. The combination of confident brushwork, dynamic compositions and lively color invokes true character in Frank's work. Although Mexico inspires a large amount of Frank's paintings, his diverse subject matter includes landscapes from across the United States as well as a recent series of steam locomotives, automobiles, and industrial machinery.
Gardner is represented by several fine galleries in the US and Mexico and his work is part of numerous fine collections across North America and Europe.

 

Artist’s Statement

My paintings are interpretations of my experiences. They come from the desire to share the beauty that I see every day by arranging bits of color and ideas to tell a story. Drawn to the colors of fleeting light effects on the landscape I try and accurately represent color I see. However, I also interpret and push color if it is useful to convey how the scene makes me feel. Color combinations and juxtapositions are a lot of what make a subject appealing to me. I look for situations that are unique to a particular place at a certain time, depending on lighting conditions, but also filtered through my mood at the time a piece is painted.

Painting in a representational style, and influenced by the impressionists, I am drawn to fleeting light effects and color while sometimes sacrificing detail. A controlled chaos or loose spontaneity is my favored look, although each color and stroke is well thought out and carefully placed. My goal is to convey to the viewer my feelings about the scene through my use of color and brushwork. I’ll let the subject and my mood determine how much detail is required to complete each painting.

Paint application is important to me. It is a very personal facet of my work. An artists brushwork and paint handling is what sets their work apart from another artist’s interpretation of the same view. It is as unique as a fingerprint. I not only brush paint on, but lift it off, or smear it with a finger or paint rag. It is often the lifting off of the paint or moving it around after it is on the canvas that gives the look I am after.

 

Resumé

Frank Gardner

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
email: frank@frankgardner.com
Phone in Mex. from US 011-52-415-152-6290
US mailing address
Frank Gardner
220 N. Zapata Hwy. Suite 11
PMB 102
Laredo, Texas
78043

Education

BFA Painting, Rhode Island School of Design 1986

 

Exhibitions

Summer Fun

Recent work by Frank Gardner and Peter Kalill
Addison Art Gallery
Aug 2013

Door County Plein Air Festival

Featured Artist
Peninsula School of Art
Fish Creek, WI
July 2013

En Plein Air

Group Show
RS Hanna Gallery
Fredericksburg, TX
June 2013

Art of the Horse

Group Show
RS Hanna Gallery
Fredericksburg, TX
May 2013

STEAM

Steam Engines of the Mexican Railroad
Galeria Gardner
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
March 2013

6" Squared

Juried Group Show
Randy Higbee Gallery
Costa Mesa, CA
Dec 2012

Dia de Los Muertos

Show of Day of the Dead paintings
Galeria Gardner
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Nov 2012

Door County Plein Air Festival

Featured Artist
Peninsula School of Art
Fish Creek, WI
July 2012

Oil Painter's of America National Juried Exhibit

Evergreen Fine Art
Evergreen, CO
June 2012

Two man show

Frank Gardner and Marc Hanson
Addison Art Gallery
Orleans, MA
June 2012

En Plein Air

Group Show
RS Hanna Gallery
Fredericksburg, TX
June 2012

Fine Art Collaborative

Group Show
Randy Higbee Gallery
Costa Mesa, CA
June 2012

6" Squared

Juried Group Show
Randy Higbee Gallery
Costa Mesa, CA
Dec 2011

Grand Opening Group Show

RS Hanna Gallery
Fredericksburg, TX
Oct 2011

Inspired by the National Seashore

Group Show of paintings of the Cape Cod National Seashore
Addison Art Gallery
Orleans, MA
July 2011

Door County Plein Air Festival

Featured Artist
Peninsula School of Art
Fish Creek, WI
July 2011

One Man Show and 100 Mudheads

Addison Art Gallery
Orleans, MA
June 2011

Less is More

LPAPA Juried Group Show
Randy Higbee Gallery
Costa Mesa, CA
June 2011

6" Squared

Juried Show
Randy Higbee Gallery
Costa Mesa, CA
April 2011

Creative Convergence on Cape Cod

Group Show
Cape Cod Museum of Art
Dennis, MA
Feb 2011

6" Squared

Juried Group Show
Randy Higbee Gallery
Costa Mesa, CA
Dec 2010

One Man Show

M Gallery of Fine Art
Charleston, SC
Nov 2010

Fresh Paint from Provincetown

Group Show
Addison Art Gallery
Orleans, MA
Oct 2010

"Creative Convergence"

Group show of paintings from Mexico trip
Addison Art Gallery
Orleans, MA
Feb- Mar 2010

"Creative Convergence"

Museum show of paintings from Mexico trip
Cape Cod Museum of Art
Dennis, MA
Feb- Mar 2010

"Wet Paint"

Select paintings from 15 artists visiting San Miguel
Galeria Gardner
San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico
October 2009

"Paintapalooza"

Group show of paintings from Maine trip
Addison Art Gallery
Orleans, MA
Feb 13 - Mar. 22, 2009

"Plein Air Painters"

Group show of paintings from Maine trip
Cape Cod Museum of Art
Dennis, MA
Jan. 17 - Mar. 22, 2009

"Little Treasures"

Group show of small works
Tubac Center of the Arts
Tubac, AZ
Nov. 16 - Dec 24, 2007

Preview Show

Art Auction XII
Long Beach Museum of Art
Long Beach, CA
Sept. 2007

"Catching the Light"

One Person Show
W.A.R.D. Gallery
Harbor Springs, MI
July 2005

Salon International

Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art
San Antonio, TX
May 2005
Salon International
Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art
San Antonio, TX
May 2004

Group Show

"The Landscape"
Gallery Shoal Creek
Austin, TX
Fall 2003

One Person Show

"A Taste of San Miguel de Allende"
Gallery Shoal Creek
Austin, TX
Apr 28 - May 20, 2000

"Pueblo Chico, Abierto al Mundo"

Group Show
Casa de la Cultura "Francisco Eduardo Tresguerras"
Celaya, Gto., Mexico
Fall 2000


Bibliography

Article in American Art Collector Magazine, Feb. 2009
“Maine Stay”
Article in International Artist Magazine, Apr./ May 2009
“Maine Stay”
Article in American Artist Workshop Magazine, Dec. 2007
“Frank Gardner, Using a Pre-Mixed Palette”

Awards

Artist's Choice

6" Squared
Juried Show
Randy Higbee Gallery
Costa Mesa, CA
Dec. 2012

 

First Place

6" Squared
Juried Show
Randy Higbee Gallery
Costa Mesa, CA
Dec 2011

 

Artist's Choice Award

Door County Plein Air Festival
Featured Artist
Peninsula School of Art
Fish Creek, WI
July 2011

 

Gallery Award

Less is More
LPAPA Juried Group Show
Randy Higbee Gallery
Costa Mesa, CA
June 2011

 

First Place Award

6" Squared
Juried Show
Randy Higbee Gallery
Costa Mesa, CA
April 2011

 

First Place Award Shared

6" Squared
Juried Show
Randy Higbee Gallery
Costa Mesa, CA
Dec 2010

 

Honorable Mention for Artistic Excellence

Salon International 2004
Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art
San Antonio , Tx

Current Gallery Representation

Addison Art Gallery, Orleans, MA
M Gallery of Fine Art, Charleston, SC
RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX
Galeria Gardner, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Randy Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA