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Tom Gardner, A Selected Retrospective

Jun 7, 2019


In between his birth in 1940 into Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia, his childhood abandonment during the Soviet Communist era, and his violent death at the hands of New York drug dealers in 1987, artist Tom Gardner created a roaring cavalcade of mesmerizing, haunting art.

Fiercely independent and contemptuous of societal rules, Gardner turned to paint, drugs and alcohol early, the trifecta giving him the relief he needed to survive his traumatic world, and to escape the demons and nightmare visions that owned him.