Jeremy Gardiner - Pillars of Light: Landscapes and Lighthouses of the Southwest

Veronica Falcao, September 2, 2016


Pillars of Light: Landscapes and Lighthouses of the Southwest


Jeremy Gardiner is an abstract landscape painter whose work focuses on the geology of coastal landscapes. In search of inspiration for a new project, Gardiner sets out to visit all the lighthouses of the Southwest of England - Dorset, Devon and Cornwall.

We see Godrevy lighthouse, near St Ives, Virginia Wolf's inspiration for her book: To the Lighthouse; Start Point lighthouse, in Devon, probably the most exposed peninsula in the English coast; and Anvil Point, near Swanage, in Dorset, where the young Gardiner developed a lasting curiosity for the Geology of landscape in long walks with his Grandmother.

"These paintings are the product of a prolonged engagement with lighthouses and their histories, and with some of the most evocative of Britain's coastal landscapes." 
Christiana Payne, Art Historian

"We have a romantic view of lighthouses, and that stems from being a maritime nation but it also stems from the architectural beauty of these fantastic feats of Victorian engineering. They were designed to withstand storms and gigantic waves."