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June 15, 2015


SANTA ANA, Calif. - John Wayne Airport (JWA) features a collection of abstract paintings by Laguna Beach artist, Paul Gardner, in the Thomas F. Riley Terminal as part of the Airport's Community Focus Space Program. The paintings can be viewed on the Departure (upper) Level near the security screening areas in Terminals A, B and C, and on the Arrival (lower) Level adjacent to Baggage Carousels 1 and 4, now through July 15, 2015.

"The County of Orange is home to a world-class airport that serves hundreds of thousands of travelers each month," said Board of Supervisors Chairman Todd Spitzer. "Not only does this make the Airport an outstanding venue for museum-quality art exhibits, but it creates an opportunity for the talented artists in our community to reach a wider audience."

Gardner's world travels and research into ancient cultures, mythology and philosophy contributed to the development of his paintings’ themes - earth and nature. Over the years, Gardner experimented on canvas: building, removing and over-painting layers to achieve subtle variations in color, shape and texture that create a sensorial experience for the viewer. By transforming colors and textures of the earth into painterly equivalents, viewers of Gardner's works are able to experience what he deems to be true beauty.

"Light on Water" by Paul Gardner

"Light on Water" by Paul Gardner

More images can be seen here.

"Over the years, particularly since coming to America from Europe, I have strived to develop an abstract and highly textural style of painting," said Paul Gardner. "Although influenced by many famous European and American masters, it is uniquely my own style which has taken years at which to arrive."

Born and educated in Edinburgh, Scotland, Gardner received a graduate degree in Fine Arts from Edinburgh College of Art, with a major in drawing and painting. He also earned a degree in teaching and became an art instructor in the Lothian Region. Gardner moved to the United States in 1990 and later settled in Orange County. He owned and operated a contemporary art gallery in Newport Beach, and has exhibited his art with a number of galleries in the U.S., Europe and Mexico. For the past 12 years, Gardner has worked out of his Laguna Canyon studio in Laguna Beach.

For more information about Paul Gardner, visit Upcoming Community Focus Space Program artists include Tom King (July 15 - August 17) and Ariane Moshayedi (August 17 - September 16). To learn more about JWA's Art Programs, visit


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