Gardiner’s distinctive style of color notes of optically mixed oil paints produces shimmering, figurative abstractly coherent works. Gardiner sites the American Modernists and 2nd generation New York School Artists and specifically Alex Katz, Louisa Matthiasdottir and Lois Dodd, with their reductive treatment of form and clarity of light, as influences.
‘You breathe more here,” says Gardiner, standing in her courtyard . And you can see that fresh air in Gardiner’s recent paintings, sun-streaked portraits and landscapes that attest to the dramatic impact of her move upstate after a quarter-century in a Manhattan loft. Yet these bold, assured images have unmistakable affinities with the cool modernism of Gardiner’s still lifes from the 1980s and the vibrant interplay between figuration and abstraction in her collage-inspired paintings of the ‘90s. They indicate the continuity of her formal concerns even as she opens up her work to the sights and sounds of her new environment.’ – excerpt from ‘Ginnie Gardiner, At Ease with Creation’ by Wendy Smith, 2015
'Of course each artist has a distinctive way of unsettling our habits of seeing. With the sunlit stillness of her paintings, Gardiner seizes our attention and holds it with pictorial subtleties that show us, by stages, that stillness is not stasis. Presenting a precisely calibrated balance between figurative images and the harmonies of sheer form, each of her paintings oscillates between these two ways of seeing. Subliminal at first, this oscillation becomes conscious as we begin to see ourselves seeing. Encouraging us to be aware of how we make sense of the raw data of vision, Gardiner reminds us of our responsibility for the look—and the meaning—of our world.' [excerpt from ‘SUNLIT STILLNESS; GINNIE GARDINER’S TRANSFORMATIVE VISION’ by Carter Ratcliff, 2014] :
Gardiner has shown with numerous galleries, museums, universities and art centers for over 30 years. Among them are: Nisa Touchon Fine Art, The Harrison Gallery, The Ann Street Gallery, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, Fred/London, LTD., Flanders Contemporary Art, Pennsylvania School of Art and Design, Staempfli Gallery, Mary Anthony Gallery, The Artists Museum, Sherry French Gallery, The Arsenal in Central Park, The Lighthouse Center Museum and Seraphim Gallery.
Gardiner graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1974. From 1978 to 2005 she and her husband lived in a Chelsea loft in New York City. In 2005 they moved upstate to Catskill, New York, where they purchased, renovated and restored the Catskill Lyceum, a Federal era building located in the historic Village of Catskill.