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Tim Gardner was born in Iowa City in 1973 and grew up in Canada. He received a BFA from the University of Manitoba in 1996 and an MFA from Columbia University in 1999. Since the late nineties, Gardner’s watercolors, pastels, and oil paintings have explored a specifically North American middle-class world of masculinity and the pictorial conventions used to document it. His early source material comprises photographic snapshots, either found or taken by the artist, that capture the rites of passage in which his subjects partake. In the years since, Gardner’s work has rekindled a sublime aesthetic of Romanticism, depicting his subjects engaged with the natural and urban environment. Nocturnal scenes influenced by Japanese woodblock prints further explore the identity of his figures amid sobering landscapes.


Gardner has exhibited his work internationally at such institutions as The National Gallery, London, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Kunsthalle Basel, and the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver. His work is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the National Gallery of Canada, among others. 


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2017     "Eternal Youth", Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL

2016     Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

2015     "Nocturnes", Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

2014     Grice Bench, Los Angeles, CA

             “Shit and Die”, Palazzo Cavour, Turin, Italy

             “Contemporary Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada”, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Canada

2013     Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

2012     “The Perfect Show”, 303 Gallery, New York, NY

2011     “Spectral Landscape”, The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Canada

2009     Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

             “Conflicting Tales: Subjectivity (Quadrilogy, Part 1)”, Burger Collection, Berlin, Germany

2007     The National Gallery, London, UK

2005     Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis, IN

2002     “Painting On The Move”, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland

2000     “Greater New York”, Museum of Modern Art PS1, Long Island City, NY





Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, Canada

Altoids Curiously Strong Collection, New York, NY

Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX

Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON

Neuberger Berman Collection, New York, NY

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth