The primary inspiration for Gardner’s recent work is fear; the contemporary experience of living in fear and anxiety, the way that this inspires hopelessness and a sense of nihilistic misanthropy, a distrust of one another that separates us from our community, our peers and our sense of self.
The source of his imagery primarily comes from film stills: documentaries about the extremities of human experience – addiction, degradation, violence, fetish, sexuality, compulsion, something of an obsession for the artist. Authenticity is maintained by only working with images from contemporary reality– even if it becomes abstracted through the production of a painting. In place of inserting his own ideologies into the imagery, Gardner utilises the production of artworks as a space for self-exploration through the act of making.
Allan (b. Scotland) lives and works in Leeds. He graduated with an MA in Contemporary Art Practice from Royal College of Art in 2020, having previously completed his BA in Fine Art Painting at Leeds College of Art (2015-2018). Recent exhibitions and projects include: HE WILL ALWAYS BE MY SON (Two-Person Exhibition w. Jack Kennedy) at Village (Leeds, 2020) Tulpa (Two-Person Exhibition w. Sean Campbell) at Bloc Projects (Sheffield, 2020), [the art happens here] (Online Platform) with Annka Kultys Gallery (London, 2020).