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Rena Gardiner: Artist and Printmaker
by Julian Francis & Martin Andrews

The first book about the influential and important 20th Century artist and printmaker Rena Gardiner, who spent her life entirely devoted to her art, creating books, prints and paintings, much of it focused on her native Dorset.

Authors: Julian Francis and Martin Andrews

Published: May 2015, this book has sold out. Please do try local booksellers for copies. The Rena Gardiner greetings cards and The Isle of Purbeck are available.


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This first book on the artist and printmaker Rena Gardiner (1929-1999) is long overdue. Her guidebooks to historic places, buildings and the countryside have an idiosyncratic style that is unique in post-war British art. Her principal achievement was some 45 books, all of which she wrote, illustrated and printed herself; and of which no two copies are the same. But her legacy also includes paintings, pastels and linocut prints. Her collectors and admirers are many, and in recent years a new generation of artists and printmakers have discovered her work, helping to spread the word, and foster the recognition she merits.

Rena Gardiner dedicated her life to her art, doing so alone in a thatched cottage in the heart of Dorset. Combining the great tradition of British topographic artists with the rich era of autolithography of the 1940s and 50s she created her own personal, individual visual style. An unsung heroine of printmaking, uninterested in publicity or fame, she created an artistic legacy that is instantly recogniseable for its exuberant use of colour and texture.

This celebration of her work has nearly 200 illustrations, many of which have never been published before. Both authors have long been Rena Gardiner’s champions. As well as tracking down lost paintings and rare copies of her books, Julian Gardiner has contributed a full, meticulous list of her cards, books, leaflets and prints. Martin Andrews spent time with Rena Gardiner and is thus admirably qualified to write both the biographical background and an account of a style that was hers, and hers alone.

The book is arranged chronologically through Rena’s long career, and shows the development of her style and the work she did for various bodies, including the National Trust.

Julian Francis and Martin Andrews

270mm by 220mm sewn paperback , 160pp on 150gsm Munken.

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Weight764 g
Dimensions16 x 220 x 268 mm


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