Norman Gardner is a New York-born sculptor with an artistic career spanning more than fifty years. He received a bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from City College of New York and went on to obtain a masters degree in Fine Arts from Pratt Institute, being offered a position on the faculty, even before having finished his own studies there. Gardner then taught in the art school for the next twelve years.
Gardner began sculpting by carving wood. He evolved to produce his own unique style of sculptures, using combinations of bronze, silver, gold and stainless steel. His first gallery showing occurred in the mid-sixties, at the Schoneman Gallery, then one of the premier galleries in New York City. Gardner walked in with one of his silver sculptures and the gallery owner immediately put it on display in the window. By the next day, the piece was sold. Since then, Gardner has shown his pieces in upwards of fifty galleries, both in the U.S. and internationally. He has produced a wide array of sculptural pieces, ranging from small, ornamental pieces, to larger-than-life outdoor pieces and has sold hundreds of his works over the years.
Gardner’s sculptural work places an emphasis on planes, shapes, spaces and intersections, giving his work a dimensionality and universality. He was inspired early on by Archipinko, Dubuffet and Picasso, and his work has a playful beauty and often humor to it, that is a result of his uncanny sense of sensuality, combined with more frank reality. While always a sculptor first, Gardner is very much a “Renaissance Man” at heart and pursued many diverse artistic endeavors, including painting, drawing, print-making, photography, jewelry-making, knitting, landscaping, book-binding, wood-working and other media.
Gardner’s 2006 work of art, Celebration, is the largest monumental piece the artist has ever created which is on public display in Palo Alto. This stainless steel piece was commissioned by the Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School, in a project organized by a team of the school’s parents. You can see Celebration in front of the school at 450 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto, California and follow its development, which is representative of how Gardner creates his larger works on the Work-in-Process page. To see other works, please check out our Sculpture Gallery and other Other Artistic Works.