South by Southwest

Hardback, 176 pages
Publisher: Sansom & Company
ISBN: 978-1-911408-43-7
Dimensions: 230 x 260 mm

This book was published on the occasion of the exhibition South by Southwest organised by St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, New Street, Lymington SO41 9BH
24 January – 22 March 2020

South by Southwest portrays the stretch of coast from Ilfracombe in north Devon to St Margaret’s Bay in Kent, through the unique vision of landscape painter Jeremy Gardiner. In this latest series of paintings, created over the past five years, Gardiner demonstrates an acute sense of his place in history, and the history of place: the geology, maritime history and industrial heritage of this constantly evolving coast, a shoreline that has long held a fascination for British artists.

Gardiner’s points of reference range from 19th-century landscape painting to Shell posters, from the St Ives modernists to picture postcards. Each offers a key to a view, over which Gardiner layers his own memory of a place, accumulated through time, changing light and weather. Capturing the hidden structures and movement of landscape, as well as the detail of harbours, piers and lighthouses, his paintings are specific though never insular.

Alongside these paintings, four essays, examine the context and innovative approach of Gardiner’s recent work on panel and paper, rarely and enviably sensitive to the spirit of Britain’s southern coastline.

South by Southwest is available from Pallant House bookshop.