A rather special story

Mark Amery, Art Collector Australia #96 APRIL - JUNE 2021

"It's a cliche: the visitor to a home wandering around, glass in hand, ticking off the familiar artist names, showing off knowledge. Private art collections in this way can sometimes be pretty cookie cutter. 


Not Gardner's family collection. Anyone lucky enough to find themselves, as I did, wandering around their secluded holiday home - which hangs above a cove at the remote end of Waiheke Island, Auckland - would be frequently stumped as well as impressed. In the distinctive collection of 66 artworks there are many young artists the dealers have yet to discover, underappreciated established artists and an impressive roster of the acclaimed...