MIRANDA GARDINER

Miranda’s work and life-long interests have always been food and art. She is a post-graduate off the Courtauld Institute of Art. As a former curator of contemporary art she has worked with artists such as Tacita Dean, James Turrell and Andy Goldsworthy, as well as written a cookbook, How to Teach Dad to Cook Flapjack published by Hardie Grant. Miranda paints landscapes and still-lifes on linen, canvas and deep wooden panels. The paintings are the result of seeing a distinctive feature in the landscape: a crisp line at the edge of some freshly mown grass, a swathe of road cutting through and ancient Devon lane, a tangled band of gorse bordering the top of a field, or seductive produce: velvety figs, a bunch of fresh mint flowers, budding jasmine in a glazed saffron pot or the soft pinch mark on a handmade ceramic cup.

“My paintings are made-up of thin layers of mixed media – paint, pencil, pastel, charcoal – which result in a very matt finish, like the wall of an Italian fresco. I am equally interested in line and form, and keep re-drawing throughout the process of making the painting.” They owe a debt to the printmaking methods that I used at the Working Men’s Club in Camden, London in the 1990s