Phil Garrett did his undergraduate work at the University of South Carolina, and the Honolulu Academy, studying under Gabor Peterdi. He received his BFA at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1974. His work is in numerous public and private collections, including the SC State Museum, Greenville County Museum and the State Collections of South Carolina and Hawaii. He is represented by Hodges-Taylor Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina, and IF ART in Columbia South Carolina. He has completed numerous artists’ residencies, taught painting, mural painting, printmaking, and watercolor, in Museum Schools and educational programs in the Southeast. He joined the Golden Artist Colors Working Artist Program eight years ago, and teaches acrylic painting in numerous venues. His prints and paintings are in public and Private collections in the USA, Europe and Japan. In October 2005, 2006 and 2007 he Lectured and taught workshops on Acrylic Painting Methods in Art Schools in the cities of Osaka, Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto and Fukuoka Japan sponsored by Golden Acrylic and Turner company of Osaka . . .
My painting technique mirrors the search for meaning in my art.
I start with a colored ground called an imprimatur. It can be a warm or cool color, usually the subject gives me a clue about which color to use. I proceed with thin layers of paint and build up to thicker layers leaving parts of the colored ground exposed. I also use window glazes over all or part of the painting to create mood or intensity. I want my paintings to feel spontaneous and energetic, but I often work and re-work the surface many times before I feel it is finished. I then put several coats of MSA varnish over the completed work.
My Work is informed by nature, a kind of mythical nature. The power of storms, the spiritual quality of the elements, the beauty, grace and ferocity of plants and animals… Something greater than myself, something I can’t comprehend. Painting and making monotypes is my search for the mystery within the subject, within myself.
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