Tim Gardner appears courtesy of 303 Gallery, New York
Tim Gardner graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1995 with a BFA (Hons.) degree and had his first solo show at Plug-In Gallery, Winnipeg in 1996. Soon after that he moved to New York City where he completed his MFA at Columbia University in 1999. Since then his work has been shown internationally. He currently lives and works on Vancouver Island.
Gardner is well known for his realistic watercolour landscapes and pastel portraits which often focus on the most immediate subject matter - family, friends and places of personal significance. In this new body of work Gardner presents a series of twelve still-life based watercolour paintings of Canadian rye whisky bottles.
Working on thin, unstretched watercolour paper, Gardner renders the bottles with painstaking detail. In contrast, the backgrounds verge on abstraction, a result of the wash technique in which the soaking of the thin paper causes severe buckling, distorting the flow of pigment. The result is a study of opposites, at once precise and nearly out of control.