Jeff Gardner hovered around Printmaking until the late 1990′s. It was while working as a builder’s labourer, he began etching away on printing plates with a sharpened nail, during his commute on trains to job sites around Melbourne. Since then, he has become an established printmaker and painter who also writes and illustrates creative verse, while living and working in his studio at Porcupine Flat near historic Maldon, Victoria.
He has an abiding love of “nonsense” poetry and children’s picture book illustration and this is present in his own whimsical interpretation of the world, through his art and the titles of his prints.
Jeff Gardner employs a range of materials including copper, zinc, aluminium and plastic plates to create his dry point prints. The print is in part a mono-print, making each one unique with its own characteristic use of plate tone.