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Tim Gardner is a master of juxtaposition.

Take his 2012 pastel-on-paper work Nick and Tobi on Ferry. It’s a meticulously detailed portrait done in a classical style, the kind you might find hanging in a great hall (or, yes, in an art gallery). Except the men are dressed in baseball caps and sweatshirts, they are eating takeout out of a sauce-splattered Styrofoam clamshell container balanced on a lap, and they are sitting on the worn leather seats of public transportation.

“I just thought that was funny,” Gardner says with a smile.

That piece, along with almost 140 others, is featured in Tim Gardner: The Full Story, which opens this weekend at WAG-Qaumajuq. Curated by WAG-Qaumajuq director and CEO Stephen Borys, The Full Story is the Iowa-born, Ontario-raised artist’s first retrospective and largest solo exhibition to date, drawn from public and private collections from across North America.

“This is my first time seeing it all together,” Gardner says while sitting in the gallery, surrounded by art spanning 30 years of his career.

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