About James Cyril Gardiner

About James Cyril Gardiner

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Despite an incredibly tough and troubled upbringing – or maybe because of it – James Cyril Gardiner excelled at art during his school years, passing O and A-levels with ease. He explains: ‘“I didn’t really think about drawing. I just did it, because I could.”

James declined a place at Chelsea School of Art to look after his autistic brother instead and before he knew it, 16 years of office and warehouse work had passed by. But in 2001, a life-threatening car accident left James in a coma for two weeks with a traumatic brain injury. It was during the following years of physiotherapy and rehabilitation following his near-death experience that his life-affirming passion for art was rekindled.

“Now, all I think about is drawing, because I can,” James muses.

James’ months in hospital and subsequent stages of recovery have led to a yearning for travel and a fascination with urban spaces occupied by people – past, present and future. Empty cities during the recent COVID-19 lockdowns have further inspired him to explore ideas around the spaces people once inhabited, and the intangible impressions that remain.

James favours Copic Marker pens, Ohto Fineliners along with traditional watercolour and acrylic paints to explore and recreate different contemporary impressions of city life. These range from regular, almost forensic line drawings of his locale executed early in the morning – wherever he might be in the world – to more abstract interpretations, suggestive of quick glances up and around, particularly from a street-level position. He uses concentrated watercolour paint and acrylic paint pens for these, often utilising unconventional application techniques in order to introduce an element of randomness and chance into the painting – this provides an opportunity for further innovation to create his urban visions.

Added into this mix are James’ signature captures of city life which feature the outlines of people, describing that space as something individual and peculiar only to that person. And yet, that figure is sometimes lost in layers of other similar occupants. Maybe from a minute before – maybe from more than a century previously, spirits conjured from the mists of time.

James’ works are offered for sale only as original, one-off pieces. He says: “I create a piece and as soon as it is finished, I am only interested in the next piece – this one is done. If someone else can then enjoy owning it, then that’s fantastic – I like the idea of the paper I worked on, and the marks I made, then existing in another’s world…”
This means works are not priced as goods in a shop – should you wish to own any of the pieces displayed on this site, please send a message to info@jamescyrilgardiner.com (or use the online form in the contact page) and price, material, size and availability can be confirmed. As a general guide, works are a minimum size of A4 and are on 300gsm Watercolour or Cartridge paper. Prices will range from £95 to £495. Shipping can be offered worldwide.
He looks forward to continuing to capture the essence of the world’s major cities, and displaying his works in twice-yearly exhibitions around the globe, whilst offering the originals for sale via this website.

xjames-portrait-november-2019

Despite an incredibly tough and troubled upbringing – or maybe because of it – James Cyril Gardiner excelled at art during his school years, passing O and A-levels with ease. He explains: ‘“I didn’t really think about drawing. I just did it, because I could.”

James declined a place at Chelsea School of Art to look after his autistic brother instead and before he knew it, 16 years of office and warehouse work had passed by. But in 2001, a life-threatening car accident left James in a coma for two weeks with a traumatic brain injury. It was during the following years of physiotherapy and rehabilitation following his near-death experience that his life-affirming passion for art was rekindled.

“Now, all I think about is drawing, because I can,” James muses.

James’ months in hospital and subsequent stages of recovery have led to a yearning for travel and a fascination with urban spaces occupied by people – past, present and future. Empty cities during the recent COVID-19 lockdowns have further inspired him to explore ideas around the spaces people once inhabited, and the intangible impressions that remain.

James favours Copic Marker pens, Ohto Fineliners along with traditional watercolour and acrylic paints to explore and recreate different contemporary impressions of city life. These range from regular, almost forensic line drawings of his locale executed early in the morning – wherever he might be in the world – to more abstract interpretations, suggestive of quick glances up and around, particularly from a street-level position. He uses concentrated watercolour paint and acrylic paint pens for these, often utilising unconventional application techniques in order to introduce an element of randomness and chance into the painting – this provides an opportunity for further innovation to create his urban visions.

Added into this mix are James’ signature captures of city life which feature the outlines of people, describing that space as something individual and peculiar only to that person. And yet, that figure is sometimes lost in layers of other similar occupants. Maybe from a minute before – maybe from more than a century previously, spirits conjured from the mists of time.

James’ works are offered for sale only as original, one-off pieces. He says: “I create a piece and as soon as it is finished, I am only interested in the next piece – this one is done. If someone else can then enjoy owning it, then that’s fantastic – I like the idea of the paper I worked on, and the marks I made, then existing in another’s world…”
This means works are not priced as goods in a shop – should you wish to own any of the pieces displayed on this site, please send a message to info@jamescyrilgardiner.com (or use the online form in the contact page) and price, material, size and availability can be confirmed. As a general guide, works are a minimum size of A4 and are on 300gsm Watercolour or Cartridge paper. Prices will range from £95 to £495. Shipping can be offered worldwide.
He looks forward to continuing to capture the essence of the world’s major cities, and displaying his works in twice-yearly exhibitions around the globe, whilst offering the originals for sale via this website.

About James Cyril Gardiner

xjames-portrait-november-2019

Despite an incredibly tough and troubled upbringing – or maybe because of it – James Cyril Gardiner excelled at art during his school years, passing O and A-levels with ease. He explains: ‘“I didn’t really think about drawing. I just did it, because I could.”

James declined a place at Chelsea School of Art to look after his autistic brother instead and before he knew it, 16 years of office and warehouse work had passed by. But in 2001, a life-threatening car accident left James in a coma for two weeks with a traumatic brain injury. It was during the following years of physiotherapy and rehabilitation following his near-death experience that his life-affirming passion for art was rekindled.

“Now, all I think about is drawing, because I can,” James muses.

James’ months in hospital and subsequent stages of recovery have led to a yearning for travel and a fascination with urban spaces occupied by people – past, present and future. Empty cities during the recent COVID-19 lockdowns have further inspired him to explore ideas around the spaces people once inhabited, and the intangible impressions that remain.

James favours Copic Marker pens, Ohto Fineliners along with traditional watercolour and acrylic paints to explore and recreate different contemporary impressions of city life. These range from regular, almost forensic line drawings of his locale executed early in the morning – wherever he might be in the world – to more abstract interpretations, suggestive of quick glances up and around, particularly from a street-level position. He uses concentrated watercolour paint and acrylic paint pens for these, often utilising unconventional application techniques in order to introduce an element of randomness and chance into the painting – this provides an opportunity for further innovation to create his urban visions.

Added into this mix are James’ signature captures of city life which feature the outlines of people, describing that space as something individual and peculiar only to that person. And yet, that figure is sometimes lost in layers of other similar occupants. Maybe from a minute before – maybe from more than a century previously, spirits conjured from the mists of time.

James’ works are offered for sale only as original, one-off pieces. He says: “I create a piece and as soon as it is finished, I am only interested in the next piece – this one is done. If someone else can then enjoy owning it, then that’s fantastic – I like the idea of the paper I worked on, and the marks I made, then existing in another’s world…”
This means works are not priced as goods in a shop – should you wish to own any of the pieces displayed on this site, please send a message to info@jamescyrilgardiner.com (or use the online form in the contact page) and price, material, size and availability can be confirmed. As a general guide, works are a minimum size of A4 and are on 300gsm Watercolour or Cartridge paper. Prices will range from £95 to £495. Shipping can be offered worldwide.
He looks forward to continuing to capture the essence of the world’s major cities, and displaying his works in twice-yearly exhibitions around the globe, whilst offering the originals for sale via this website.