About the Artist
Polly Gardiner lives and works in Cornwall producing textiles, paintings, prints and cards. Having completed a Foundation course at Falmouth School of Art in 1992 she went on to do a BA in Textiles at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design, Farnham from 1993 – 96.
Through continuous experimentation and research, Polly has amassed a wealth of personal dye recipes and an extensive range of vibrant and unusual colours for her textile work. She creates one-off large silk banners and also produces luxurious silk velvet and silk satin scarves and bags which are embroidered and beaded. Large abstract works on canvas are a natural progression for Polly, enabling her to work in a more solid medium and without the limitations of painting on fine silk.
Whatever the medium her passion for colour is apparent. Her work is bold and contemporary, reflecting the spontaneity and energy she puts into each piece. Her starting point is the wealth of inspiration that Cornwall offers. The vibrant colours, the variety of light and textures. She then goes on a journey of instinctive response and experimentation, allowing the work to evolve and change, often breaking the traditional rules until the painting reflects her emotional response to her environment.
Art Exhibitions & Galleries
Polly Gardiner’s work (textiles & paintings) has been exhibited in Dancing Beggars Gallery in Dartmouth, High Tide in Mevagissey, Over The Moon in St Agnes, Mimi Interiors in Derbyshire, Turn of the Tide in Teignmouth, Seagroves Gallery in Marazion, Falmouth Art Gallery, Chase Art Gallery in Wadebridge and Barkhouse Gallery in Newquay.
Prints & Greeting Cards
Polly and her daughter Emma also produce bright and quirky watercolours which bring a light touch to the images of Cornwall. These are also available as prints and cards which are sold in many outlets throughout the UK and USA and a gallery in the middle of Tokyo!
I was born in Japan but instantly felt that Cornwall is my spiritual home. The landscape, the sky, the weather and the people all combine to make Cornwall a place I want to be. Back home in Japan I work with natural stone and grind it down into powered to use as a paint material. I see the amazing granite of Cornwall as a perfect material to use in my art.
Sally Jones is an artist who works primarily in oils, charcoal or pastel, undertaking a wide variety of subject matter which reflects her own broadly-based interests and appreciation of the natural world.
Charlotte was born in the 1970s in Cornwall, to a truly Cornish family, with her roots in the County traceable back to the mid 1600’s. Always creative from a young age, she spent her childhood learning about nature, watching and exploring local freshwater rivers, woodland, moorland and coastal environments.
Christine Brunnock was raised in St Ives, Cornwall. She is based in St Ives today where she is constantly inspired by the Cornish landscape. Largely self-taught, her work is expressive and atmospheric, communicating a range of emotions that are reflected by the elements and environment. Christine’s work has been collected internationally and she exhibits regularly. She was shortlisted for The Evening Standard Art Prize in London and is a member of The National Acrylic Painters’ Association.
Vincent Basham is a self-taught artist who specialises in seascapes, he was born in Maldon, Essex in 1956 and educated at Thurstable School, Tiptree where his love for painting first developed. He has exhibited his work in prestigious galleries in London, Essex, Norfolk, Devon and Cornwall.
Influenced by magic realism among numerous other things, I began to teach myself to paint before attending college in London. I create a kind of holistic patchwork of stories often through docufiction; the aim being to eventually develop a unique interpretation of life and the world.
My painting is an expression of my love of the land here in West Penwith, a connection with the beauty and power of the landscape. The paintings are in oil paint on board or canvas, and are realistic & representational landscapes of West Cornwall, but not in an entirely photographic way; they are hyper-real, or more than real.
My work is compiled, I build layer after layer, sometimes taking areas back to where I started, reworking or allowing the beginnings to be exposed. Layers are often thin and my tools are basic. Some papers and canvas may go through the press, some are hand pressed, all are painted and repainted.
Simon paints in an ‘Impressionistic’ painting technique in oils on canvas. Influences include several Impressionists and Post Impressionists, and subsequent artists such as Sargent and Brangwyn.
I studied graphic design for 4 years in the 1970’s and gained Associate Membership of the Society of Industrial Artists & Designers and of the Society of Typographical Designers. I went on to work in London for companies including IPC Magazines and Royle Print Ltd.