The Darryl Nantais Gallery

Artist's Biography

Neil Gardner

Neil was born and raised in the North East of England and now lives and works in South Cambridgeshire. He studied fine art, printmaking and painting at Sunderland Polytechnic and gained a BA (Honours) Degree in 1982. He then went on to gain the PGCE from Leeds Polytechnic. He has taught teenagers and adults in Cambridgeshire since 1983. Neil is currently Head of Art at St. Bede’s inter church comprehensive school, where he has taught since 1987.

At present he mainly paints using the medium of watercolour, aiming to utilise the unique translucent qualities that the medium possesses. He also uses watercolours in a strong opaque way, almost akin to using acrylic. His work combines detail with suggestive mark making qualities. Colour, light, contrasts, layers, distance, close up and sometimes the use of figures punctuating the landscape all intrigue Neil and he employs these elements in seascapes, landscapes and architecture. The American artist Andrew Wyeth is the main influence in his work.

In addition to having solo group exhibitions in East Anglia, Neil has exhibited in the North West and North East of England. His paintings and prints can be found in private collections in Britain, Europe and America.

Neil will undertake private commissions.