Peter Gardner was born in London in 1921. He studied at the Hammersmith School of Art between 1935 and 1938, before serving in Italy and in the European campaign during WWII. He returned to Hammersmith in 1947, and graduated in 1950. He then attended the London Institute of Education where he was awarded the Art Teacher’s Diploma. Gardner taught art at West Norwood School and became Head of Art at Plaistow Grammar School as well as teaching at Fulham and South Kensington Adult Education Institute.
He exhibited at the Trafford Gallery in London in 1965, and then many others, including the Royal Academy, the ROI and the New English Art Club. He retired from teaching in 1979 and moved to Dorset, where he is still painting today.