Abstract artist Grace Gardner dies aged 93
THE funeral service has taken place of abstract artist Grace Gardner.
American born, she adopted Cornwall as her home 30 years ago and lived in Flushing.
She died last month, aged 93, after a short illness.
Her first studio was on Islington Wharf where her large abstracts were displayed.
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Generous with her time, she passed on her knowledge to children at Flushing School, telling them: "There are no rules in art and colour can do what it likes." Her early years in Chicago was where she learnt to appreciate painting and fine art.
She would visit the city with her father at weekends and they would tour museums and galleries.
The Great Depression hit when she was a teenager and the art was cancelled at her school.
Undaunted, she pursued her interest and studied art part time.
She began to exhibit in the late 1950s and early 1960s, winning awards. She married in 1963 and moved to Flushing in 1982 after her husband's death.
She continued to study in St Ives at the art school and many St Ives artists of that generation became friends and co-workers.
Grace mainly exhibited in St Ives, Portscatho with the art society and in Falmouth Art Gallery.
In recent years she was discovered by people from all over the world and her work became sought after.
Her colourful grid series began in Chicago and became her most popular work.
The Grace Gardner gift to Falmouth Gallery contains a collection of her work and that of other well-known artists.
Gallery director Louise Connell said: "Grace was a huge supporter of the art gallery and always found time for us.
"She had a sparkling wit and was very funny – we enjoyed her company immensely. She will be hugely missed."
Although she was known as an abstract artist, she liked to occasionally work on still life and figure work.
Collage, etching and monoprints are among the techniques she used.
She once said: "People ask if I paint every day and my answer is 'I'm painting all the time'. A lot of my paint problems I solve not at the easel but doing something entirely unrelated to painting."