Frank Gardner Bio

Frank Gardner Profile Picture
(b. 1963) From Poughkeepsie, New York, Frank Gardner followed his passion for painting until it eventually led him to Mexico. There he has resided since 1990, and he now lives in San Miguel de Allende with his wife and daughter. His formal painting education took place at Rhode Island School of Design in 1986, where he received his BFA. Now Gardner derives his inspiration from his Mexican surroundings, painting on location and in his studio. He also loves to travel and paint, especially in Cape Cod, Maine and Florida. His style adeptly captures his subjects’ moods and emotions, whether it be paintings of dramatic landscapes, colorful marketplaces or boats in a harbor. The combination of confident brushwork, dynamic compositions and lively color invokes true character in Gardner’s work.Gardner is drawn to the effect that fleeting light has on color. In his paintings, he strives to share this beauty by arranging bits of color to tell a story. Mostly, he tries to accurately represent the colors he sees, but sometimes he accentuates certain colors to convey the feeling of a particular scene. Gardner sometimes sacrifices detail in favor of loose spontaneity, letting the subject and mood determine how much detail is added. However, each stroke is thoughtfully placed to convey these feelings. Gardner’s work holds place in many fine collections across the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe.

EDUCATION

BFA Painting, Rhode Island School of Design 1986

PUBLICATIONS

American Art Collector Magazine, “Maine Stay”, Feb. 2009

International Artist Magazine, “Maine Stay”, Apr./ May 2009

American Artist Workshop Magazine, “Frank Gardner, Using a Pre-Mixed Palette”, Dec. 2007

EXHIBITIONS

2013

Summer Fun, Addison Art Gallery, Orleans, MA

Door County Plein Air Festival, Peninsula School of Art, Fish Creek, WI

En Plein Air, RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX

Art of the Horse, RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX

STEAM: Steam Engines of the Mexican Railroad, Galeria Gardner, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

2012

6″ Squared, Juried Group Show, Randy Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA

Dia de Los Muertos, Galeria Gardner, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Door County Plein Air Festival, Peninsula School of Art, Fish Creek, WI

Oil Painter’s of America National Juried Exhibit, Evergreen Fine Art, Evergreen, CO

Two man show, Frank Gardner and Marc Hanson, Addison Art Gallery, Orleans, MA

En Plein Air, RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX

Fine Art Collaborative, Group Show, Randy Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA

6″ Squared, Juried Group Show, Randy Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA

Grand Opening Group Show, RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX

Inspired by the National Seashore, Addison Art Gallery, Orleans, MA

2011

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

One Man Show and 100 Mudheads, Addison Art Gallery, Orleans, MA, 2011

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

6″ Squared, Juried Show, Randy Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA

Creative Convergence on Cape Cod, Group Show,Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA

2010

6″ Squared, Juried Group Show, Randy Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA

One Man Show, M Gallery of Fine Art Charleston, SC

Fresh Paint from Provincetown, Group Show, Addison Art Gallery, Orleans, MA

Creative Convergence Group Show, Addison Art Gallery, Orleans, MA

Creative Convergence, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA

2009

Wet Paint, Galeria Gardner, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Paintapalooza Group Show, Addison Art Gallery, Orleans, MA

Plein Air Painters Group Show, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA

2007

Little Treasures Group Show, Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac, AZ

Preview Show Art Auction XII, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA

2005

Catching the Light, One Person Show, W.A.R.D. Gallery, Harbor Springs, MI

Salon International Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, San Antonio, TX

2004

Salon International Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, San Antonio, TX

2003

The Landscape Group Show, Gallery Shoal Creek, Austin, TX

A Taste of San Miguel de Allende, Gallery Shoal Creek, Austin, TX

2000

Pueblo Chico, Abierto al Mundo Group Show, Casa de la Cultura “Francisco Eduardo Tresguerras”, Celaya, Mexico