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Vibrant in colour and full of texture and energetic line, her illustrations and prints convey her passion for history, architecture and the countryside. She developed an original technique and an approach to printmaking that bridged the gap between the studio print and commercial production – between the fine art of the private press and mainstream publishing.

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Rena Gardiner. Dorset.

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Illustration from "Dorset: Tarrant to Blandford" written and illustrated by Rena Gardiner

Illustration from "Dorset: Tarrant to Blandford" written and illustrated by Rena Gardiner

"Salisbury Cathedral" by Rena Gardiner

Rena Gardiner: Artist and Printmaker

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…

Rena Gardiner

Rena Gardiner (1929-99) 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 1950s, she created her own personal visual style, which is instantly recognisable for its exuberant use of colour and texture. Her principal achievement was some 45 books, all of which she wrote, illustrated and printed herself.

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Rena Gardiner (1929-99) 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 1950s, she created her own personal visual style, which is instantly recognisable for its exuberant use of colour and texture. Her principal achievement was some 45 books, all of which she wrote, illustrated and printed herself.

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Early Years: 1950s and early 1960s | Rena Gardiner

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Early Years: 1950s and early 1960s | Rena Gardiner