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The period after Art school and the beginning of you finding your own way alone is the worst. If you do not break down or commit suicide give up then you will probably be alright for the next couple of years."
Edwin Gardiner

expressionist australian painter Artist Interview

Expressionist Australian painter, Edwin Kenjiro Gardiner

Edwin Kenjiro Gardiner - July 2004

1 ::: Why are you an artist Edwin?

I like being an artist, because I like to make things, and give these things meaning. Viewing Art myself had such a powerful affect on me that I wanted to emulate that experience for others. Making Art is a way of reaching out to people in a profound and personal level that reaffirms both the Artist and the viewer's sense of humanity.

+2 ::: Could you tell us some more about your art?

My Art communicates through sensory perceptions, rather than fashionable "conceptual" signs posts. The work asks the viewer to feel more than think. It's meaning, when there is a specific meaning, can only be accessed through an emotional language. If you are not very connected emotionally as a person you are unlikely to get much meaning out of the work, other than an aesthetic. My work communicates in a similar way to Romanticism and in this way is derivative of this category.

+3 ::: Your work is very contemplative and simplified, does your interest in Asian philosophy (specifically Taoism) influence your paintings?

Philosophical Taoism is something that has been influential on my life. It's affect on my Art work is probably more incidental than direct. I would still consider myself a novice in my grasp of Taoism. Yet having said that, I know substantially more than people who have only a small practice or interest in Taoism.

+4 ::: What artists have influenced you and why?

I would say Oildon Redon would have to be my greatest influence, closely followed by Michial Ranny, and to a lesser extent Vullard. Many people have suggested I have been influenced by Monet, Turner and Bonard, but I feel it is more the case that I naturally paint like them rather than being directly influenced by them. Technically there are strong similarities with some elements of Rothko. On a broader level my friends and older piers (Paul Harvey and Brian Hinksman) have been great role models for me and I am forever grateful for their contribution to my development as an Artist.

+5 ::: What do you do for fun (besides art)?

Ba Kua Zhang, circle walking Kung Fu.

+6 ::: What inspires you to paint and how do you keep motivated when things get tough in the studio?

When things are tough has they have been in the last couple of months. I just remain disciplined and keep going into the studio. Try to think why it is that whatever I am doing is not working and try again. You just have to have faith that you will find the answer, even though you may go through a long period of making paintings and then scrubbing them off. You have to be brave in the face of adversity. If want to break new ground you have to take risks.

+7 ::: How have you handled the business side of being an artist?

I do consider that I have handled the business side of Art particularly well, and feel I could not offer sound advice on the matter. For my self, I try to aim towards the maximum amount of time possible making and developing new work. Money is a means of survival and should be used to achieve Artistic excellence with a degree of integrity.

+8 ::: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Who knows ? An established artist earning a living from there an art at Least.

+9 ::: Could you talk about your latest series of paintings and what you are trying to achieve with them?

My most recent work is based more on cityscapes than landscapes. It is very different from the older work, and relies more on symbols to convey meaning. The subject matter is more about confusion and congestion than peace and harmony. The forms are substantially more figurative, with the abstract elements much less emotive. The painting is perhaps adding more to the history of Art, or less easily categorized into a Modernist aesthetic. It is like Russian Constructivism broken up then reassembles into post- modern conglomerate. The painting has abstract and figurative elements woven together in oscillating layers. There are signs that read two dimensionally and graphically, mixed with areas of spatial depth. I have not got the new work up yet on the web site, but the work 'Oscillating Cityscape 1' is some indication of were the work has gone.

+10 ::: What advice would you give to an artist just starting out?

Work hard and have faith in your self. Always do the right thing by your friends. Maintain a spiritual practice outside of Art, like meditation or Yoga. Get your self a studio with walls and a window you can open. Work harder than you ever have in your life. Every hour adds to your art Practice. The period after Art school and the beginning of you finding your own way alone is the worst. If you do not break down or commit suicide give up then you will probably be alright for the next couple of years. This was the case for my art friends and me. All real Artists have faced some extreme hardship, which is part of the reason they decided to create Art. Whatever the abuse issues might be, you are going to have to deal with them in a more constructive way other than taking drugs.

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