Eugene Jardin (1947 - 1992)
Jardin was born in Germany, and studied at the Michalis School of
Art, University of Capetown, South Africa. Since his move to the United
States in the early 1980's, he has been considered a thoroughly southwestern
artist. Establishing a strong position in not only the California and New Mexico
art markets, he has received critical acclaim for exhibitions at numerous major
galleries throughout the world. His work has been purchased by several museums
and major corporations worldwide, and is included in the private collections of
Johnny Carson, Jodie Foster, Jane Seymour, David Hockney, Pia Zadora,
Wolfgang Puck, and John Schlesinger. Eugene Jardin received Casting
Credits in the 1984 film classic, "Beverly Hills Cop," where one of his original
sculptures was featured in a gallery scene.
Eugene Jardin's painted fiberglass resin sculptures depict a theme of the
man-beast interface. Most of his works are brightly colored and often
between 2 feet and 5 feet tall. His figures are wildly and creatively primitive,
evoking both mildy disturbing and intensely curious responses.