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Tim Gardner was born in Iowa City in 1973 and grew up in Canada. He received a BFA from the University of Manitoba in 1996 and an MFA from Columbia University in 1999. Since the late nineties, Gardner’s watercolors, pastels, and oil paintings have explored a specifically North American middle-class world of masculinity and the pictorial conventions used to document it. His early source material comprises photographic snapshots, either found or taken by the artist, that capture the rites of passage in which his subjects partake. In the years since, Gardner’s work has rekindled a sublime aesthetic of Romanticism, depicting his subjects engaged with the natural and urban environment. Nocturnal scenes influenced by Japanese woodblock prints further explore the identity of his figures amid sobering landscapes. His most recent watercolors are painted en plein air, capturing moments of introspection and daily life in British Columbia, where he currently lives and works.

 

Gardner has exhibited his work internationally at such institutions as The National Gallery, London, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Kunsthalle Basel, and the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver. His work is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the National Gallery of Canada, among others. 

 

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Tim Gardner

Artist Sketching by a River

2020

Watercolor on paper

12 x 16 inches (30.5 x 40.6 cm)

TG 582

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Gardner’s work is about much more than a straightforward existentialist measure of contemporary culture. It is a practice rooted in deep family ties to outdoor culture and environmentalism, a keen sense for the poetics of everyday life, and an arguably subversive choice to work outside of the dominant modes of contemporary artmaking.

 

- Robin Laurence, Canadian Art

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Tim Gardner

Morning Rain, L.A.

2018

Watercolor and gouache on paper

17 7/8 x 23 3/4 inches (45.4 x 60.3 cm)

19 x 24 3/4 inches (48.3 x 62.9 cm) paper size

26 1/2 x 32 1/8 inches (67.3 x 81.6 cm) framed

Signed, dated verso

TG 560

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Tim Gardner

Morning Rain, L.A.

2018

Watercolor and gouache on paper

17 7/8 x 23 3/4 inches (45.4 x 60.3 cm)

19 x 24 3/4 inches (48.3 x 62.9 cm) paper size

26 1/2 x 32 1/8 inches (67.3 x 81.6 cm) framed

Signed, dated verso

TG 560

 

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Tim Gardner

Two Cats Eating Breakfast

2020

Watercolor on paper

12 1/8 x 16 1/8 inches (30.8 x 41 cm)

TG 590

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Tim Gardner

Man Standing by River

2020

Watercolor on paper

20 x 14 1/8 inches (50.8 x 35.9 cm)

TG 593

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Tim Gardner

Man Cutting Tree

2010

Watercolor on paper

17 x 22 inches (43.2 x 55.9 cm)

26 3/4 x 31 1/8 inches (67.9 x 79.1 cm) framed

Signed, dated verso

TG 423

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Tim Gardner

Man Cutting Tree

2010

Watercolor on paper

17 x 22 inches (43.2 x 55.9 cm)

26 3/4 x 31 1/8 inches (67.9 x 79.1 cm) framed

Signed, dated verso

TG 423

 

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One hundred and fifty years ago, the artists and writers of the Romantic era regarded the natural world with a kind of brooding reverence. "That idea of nature doesn't exist anymore," says Canadian painter Tim Gardner. "Today the landscape is managed all over the planet. Anything sublime is technological." But even if every square inch of Earth can now be surveyed on a computer, the tension between man and the environment remains firmly in place.

 

- David Colman

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Tim Gardner

Mt Shasta in Moonlight

2013

Watercolor on paper

19 1/2 x 24 inches (49.5 x 61 cm)

29 1/8 x 33 3/8 inches (84.8 x 74 cm) framed

Signed and dated verso

TG 454

 

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Tim Gardner

Man By Rapids 1

2020

Watercolor on paper

14 1/8 x 20 inches (35.9 x 50.8 cm)

TG 588

 

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Tim Gardner

L.A. Night Scene

2012

Watercolor on paper

14 1/2 x 17 1/4 inches (36.8 x 43.8 cm)

20 1/4 x 23 inches (51.4 x 58.4 cm) framed

Signed and dated verso

TG 447

 

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Tim Gardner

L.A. Night Scene

2012

Watercolor on paper

14 1/2 x 17 1/4 inches (36.8 x 43.8 cm)

20 1/4 x 23 inches (51.4 x 58.4 cm) framed

Signed and dated verso

TG 447

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Tim Gardner

River Scene, Afternoon

2020

Watercolor on paper

16 x 12 inches (40.6 x 30.5 cm)

TG 583

 

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Tim Gardner

Three Surfers

2017

Oil on canvas

20 1/8 x 26 1/4 inches (51.1 x 66.7 cm)

Signed, dated verso

TG 536

 

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Tim Gardner

Goldpanner

2020

Watercolor on paper

14 1/8 x 20 inches (35.9 x 50.8 cm)

TG 587

 

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"I love the idea of trying to connect with nature but having something in the way, a window or a guardrail," Gardner says. While his early source material included photographs taken by other people, primarily his brothers, he now shoots his own subjects, virtually all strangers. "Usually it's someone kind of like me," he says, "wandering around nature and wondering how to be part of it." That's an enduring problem, one that has provided Gardner with fertile ground.

 

- David Colman

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Tim Gardner

Man Sitting by River

2020

Watercolor on paper

11 3/4  x 15 3/4 inches (29.8 x 40 cm)

TG 592

 

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Tim Gardner

Sunrise, L.A.

2019

Watercolor and gouache on paper

15 x 20 inches (38.1 x 50.8 cm)

16 x 21 inches (40.6 x 53.3 cm) paper

23 7/8 x 28 3/8 inches (60.6 x 72.1 cm)

Signed, dated verso

TG 565

 

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Tim Gardner

Sunrise, L.A.

2019

Watercolor and gouache on paper

15 x 20 inches (38.1 x 50.8 cm)

16 x 21 inches (40.6 x 53.3 cm) paper

23 7/8 x 28 3/8 inches (60.6 x 72.1 cm)

Signed, dated verso

TG 565


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Tim Gardner

Maui Beach Scene

2019

Watercolor on paper

14 1/4 x 18 inches (36.2 x 45.7 cm)

15 1/4 x 19 inches (38.7 x 48.3 cm) paper size

23 3/8 x 26 1/2 inches (59.4 x 67.3 cm) framed

Signed verso

TG 574

 

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Tim Gardner

Maui Beach Scene

2019

Watercolor on paper

14 1/4 x 18 inches (36.2 x 45.7 cm)

15 1/4 x 19 inches (38.7 x 48.3 cm) paper size

23 3/8 x 26 1/2 inches (59.4 x 67.3 cm) framed

Signed verso

TG 574

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Video by Zarya Gardner

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Tim Gardner

Man in Moonlight, Red River

2020

Watercolor on paper

12 1/8  x 16 1/8 inches (30.8 x 41 cm)

TG 591

 

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