Reg Gardner was born in Prestwich, Manchester in 1948 and spent his formative years in Ardwick. At the age of twelve he won his first art competition in the Manchester Evening News.
At the age of fourteen he won a scholarship to the high school of Art, Manchester. He continued to study art and to teach himself by observing the works of past masters in public galleries.
He exhibited first at the Colin Jellico Gallery, Manchester in 1969 and exhibited many times over the next thirty-five years. Most of his one-man shows have been 'sell outs'. And his work features in private collections from St Petersburg to Bermuda.
Between 1973 and 1980 He exhibited in both one man and mixed shows at Stockport Art Gallery. Rivington Great House. Manchester Academy. The Watermill Gallery, Hampshire. Chenil Gallery, Kensington, London. The Barbican Theatre, London and the National Theatre London, which was opened by Sir lan Mckellen. He also provided work for the Cancer Research Charity Show, which was attended by David Hockney.
Since then he has continued to exhibit with the Colin Jellicoe Gallery, Manchester and Dot Almond at the Great House Rivington. More recently Reg has exhibited with Todmorden Fine Arts, Todmorden. Reg has recently been described as having an amazing ability to depict urban landscapes in a warm impressionist style that cleverly evokes a feeling of nostalgia.
Since then he has exhibited at Todmorden Fine Arts for Dave Gunning. More recently Reg has showcased for Bill Clark -Clarkart Gallery in Hale,in the company of such illustrious names as L.S. Lowry, Theodore Major and John Thomson. Thanks to the hard work of Clark Art Gallery staff and his own efforts Reg is now currently enjoying renewed success on the national arena.