Soft Space. Oil on linen 2004
Edwin’s Family immigrated to Australia in 1966, from Japan. Ken, Edwin’s father came to Australia to take a position in the Asian studies faculty (ANU); teaching Korean history, Classical Chinese language and Chinese Philosophy. His mother Nobuko found work at the National Library in the Japanese section.
Since his early twenties Edwin Has had a strong interest in Internal Martial Arts like Tai Chi and Ba Kua, and continues to maintain a practice in Ba Kua Zhang. He also has an interest in Chinese philosophy has expressed in the writings of Lao Tzu, Chung Tzu and I Ching. He attended Canberra University, studying Applied Science hoping to change into Conservation of Cultural Materials degree, but drop out instead to pursue a career in Fine Art.
In 1991, at the age of 23, Edwin began his degree at the Canberra school of Art. In his second year, he traveled with architecture students from Canberra, Sydney and Adelaide on a trip across Australia, from Sydney to Broome. This trip provided a brief overview of much of Australia’s outback wilderness, including the Stuart and Strzelecki deserts and the Kimberly region. In third year Art school Edwin traveled to the Czech Republic on a student exchange. Studying at the Prague Academy of Fine Arts for seven months. Where he studied under Professor Vladimir Kokolia, who was also interested in Taoism and internal Kung Fu. It was here that Edwin was exposed to the paintings of Michael Ranny who was to influence Edwin art making in later years. Returning to Australia to graduate in Drawing, with dark romantic portraits.
After Art school Edwin moved to Melbourne and continued to make art as well as working to support him self. He has worked as a frame making assistant, life model, and model maker; sculpting master copies of toys. He has worked in furniture manufacturing, assembling heritage cast iron baths,aswell as assembling period Brass light fittings. He has had studios in Melbourne CBD, east St Kilda, Clifton Hill and now East Brunswick.
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Edwin Kenjiro GARDINER
CONTACT: Studio: East Brunswick, Melbourne Australia
Moblie 0413 406 553
EDUCATION: 1991-95 Bachelor of Arts (Visual) Australian National University,
1992Student Exchange – Prague Academy of Fine Arts
Solo 1995 Light in Dark, Graduating Exhibition, Canberra.
1999 Drawing exhibition, Art Infusion, Melbourne.
2001 ‘Resonance’, Collingwood Gallery, Melbourne
2002 ‘Gentle Wind’, Covent Gallery, Dalesford/ Victoria.
2003 ‘White Fields’, Collingwood Gallery, Melbourne.
2002 ‘Intersections’, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Melbourne.
2002 ‘The Darebin Arts Show’, Bundoora Homestead, Melbourne,
2003 ‘Williamstown Contemporary Art Prize’, Willamstown Docks, Melbourne.
2003 ‘Group Show’, Fitzroy Gallery, Melbourne.
2003 ‘Waverly Art Prize’, Bondi Beach, Sydney.
2003 ‘Mosman Art Prize’, Mosman Gallery, Sydney.
2004 ‘John Leslie Art Prize', Sale, Victoria.
2004 ‘ANL Maritime Art Prize’, Melbourne, Victoria.
2004 ‘Fleurieu Peninsula Biennale’, McLaren Vale, South Australia.
2004 ‘Art for Refugees’, Artful Dodgers Gallery, Melbourne.
2004 ‘Umbrella’, Brunswick Arts Gallery, Melbourne.
2004 ‘Tremor’, Space 39, Melbourne.
2005 ‘Prometheus Visual Arts Award’, Merrimac, Gold Coast.
2005 Exhibited little Malop Gallery.
Canberra School of Art (ANU), Artist Book Collection of Graphic Investigation Workshop. http://anulib.anu.edu.au/collection_list1.html
Private collections in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, Prague, London, and Osaka.
Art Almanac, May 2002 in Profiles Section.
Australian Home and Garden, October 2003, p 58
Familiar Distances, Poetry by Ken Gardiner, Front cover.
Art Almanac, November 2003, Profiles section.
Austrailian Art Review, Art on the vine, March 2005.