Camilla Gardner (nee Edwards) was born in County Durham in 1963. After 5 years of successful study at major art schools in England, Camilla became aware of a gap in her artistic education, which she addressed by enrolling at the prestigious Florence Academy of Arts. There, in an institution dedicated to the return to discipline in art and to the direct study of nature and the Old Masters as the foundation for great painting, she received the highest level of instruction in the classical methods of drawing . Looking back on her time in Florence, Camilla realises that her experience of the Academy was, undoubtedly, the most stimulating part of her training as an artist and a key element in the success of her subsequent career, enabling her to capture not only a true likeness of favourite pets and animals, but also a reflection of their character, in her work.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
|1980||Pre-University Course – Venice, Florence and Rome|
|1981-82||Foundation Course – Cambridge College of Art|
|1982-85||B.A.Hons. Degree in Fine Art – Winchester School of Art|
|1985-86||M.A. Post Graduate Course in Print Making – Camberwell School of Art, London|
|1992||The Florence Academy of Art|
GROUP & MAJOR INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS
|1984||“The Stowells Trophy” – Royal Academy – Prize Winner|
|1985-1992||The Mall Galleries, London|
|1986||Salisbury Art Centre, Wiltshire|
|1987||Brinkley’s Gallery, London|
|1990||Park Walk Gallery, London|
|1991||Park Walk Gallery, London|
|1993||The Cadogan Gallery, London|
Since moving to Hampshire in 1991, Camilla has exhibited widely in London and around the UK and has undertaken numerous commissions from her studios in the Meon Valley,for her clients all around the world.