Alexandra Gardner



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Alexandra Gardner was born in 1945 and brought up in Glasgow.

She was drawing and painting at the age of 5 and studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1963 & 68. She studied closely under the tutelage of the Head of School David Donaldson, who, as soon as she qualified, offered her an immediate teaching and lecturing post within the school. Alexandra, or Sandie as she prefers, remained as a lecturer at GSA for 21 years.

Throughout her teaching career, Sandie painted for exhibitions principally in a number of prestigious galleries in London, Edinburgh and Glasgow, and had any number of solo shows that were widely acclaimed. She is now recognised as one of Scotland’s most accomplished female painters and is highly sought after by galleries and collectors alike.

She has overcome a number of major challenges in her life, not the least being diagnosed with renal failure at the age of 37. She subsequently went through a period of kidney dialysis and had 2 kidney transplants. Add this to three marriages, and a strength of character is evident as is a wonderful sense of humour and general joie de vivre.

These qualities come through in Sandie’s paintings. Her strong foundation of brilliant draughtsmanship leads on to highly accomplished and well composed still life works, beautifully crafted figurative pieces and original and confident treatment in her landscapes – most of her paintings are something of a statement.

Her work is included within many important corporate, public and private collections – Glasgow Art Gallery and Museum; The Fine Art Society; Gothenburg Education Authority; The Fleming-Wyfold Art Foundation, London; Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh; Royal Bank of Scotland collection, to name but a few.

Alexandra Gardner has work in private collections across the globe including USA, Canada, Holland, Singapore, Japan, Australia, Italy and Sweden.