Vanessa Gardiner

Vanessa Gardiner


ways of seeing water

Saturday 22 September to Sunday 11 November 2018

new paintings by Julian Bailey, Luke Elwes, Vanessa Gardiner, Janette Kerr PPRWA RSA Hon

furniture by Petter Southall

ceramics sculpture and craft by leading artists and makers

In May we showed the first part of Vanessa Gardiner’s new exhibition on the ground floor of Sladers Yard. Now we are delighted to show her paintings of Portland, Cornwall and Skye Part 2.

Vanessa Gardiner Wave Line 3 acrylic on board 107 x 122 cm

Wave Line 3 by Vanessa Gardiner acrylic on board 107 x 122 cm

In an exhibition exploring ways of seeing water, Vanessa Gardiner’s ravishing turquoise- blue wells of deep water and areas of shadow and froth are a language that is hard to resist.

portrait on cliffs

Vanessa Gardiner paints in a dynamic geometric style enlivened further with lyrical curving lines of hills and pathways. Her colours may be opaque and crisp or more translucent and weathered, scoured and scored, washed back and reapplied, to give surfaces like those of a pebble on the beach. Seductive in colour, texture and composition, these paintings are deepened and intensified by memory. They explore what is known and felt when experiencing the raw beauty of the place. Gardiner’s discipline is always to stay true to the landscape as she sees it which keeps her work fresh and vital.

Vanessa Gardiner Inlet acrylic on plywood 28 x 35 cm

Inlet acrylic on plywood 28 x 35 cm £1,650

Vanessa Gardiner is a well-established painter who has been working as a professional artist for many years. She was born in 1960 in Oxford where her father was a tutor of philosophy at Magdalen College. She did her Foundation year at Oxford Polytechnic going on to study Fine Art at the Central School of Art and Design in London. After six major solo shows at the Hart Gallery in London, she had her first solo show at the Thackeray Gallery in 2015. She has had three previous solo shows filling Sladers Yard in 2008, 2012 and 2016.


Her work is in private collections around the world and in public collections including Exeter Hospital, Bournemouth University Collection, Carlow Collection Ireland, the Archive of the Ballinglen Arts Foundation Co. Mayo, Cowley Manor, Huddersfield Art Gallery, Fidelity International, New Hall Cambridge, Magdalen College Oxford, the British Academy London and the British School in Athens. She lives in Charmouth, Dorset, with the painter Alex Lowery. They have a daughter, Jessie.

Vanessa Gardiner’s new work can be seen below. Please click on any image to see them all in larger format. To enquire about Vanessa’s paintings please call Sladers Yard on 01308 459511 or email 

Press about Vanessa Gardiner:

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To read Vanessa Gardiner’s Talk from Friday 14 September 2012 click here: Talk

9 Responses to Vanessa Gardiner

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  2. For a long time I have admired Vanessa Gardiner’s work and her dedication to the subject matter. Through time her work has grown in depth. True craftsmanship and integrity. Thank you Vanessa.

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