NEW SHOW 

Nick Garrett – People Places

You can see my work at The Lovely Gallery from Saturday 6-21st December 2014.Full info: https://www.facebook.com/events/678626038917678/

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Painting people


Portraits are mysterious things.  No matter who creates them, there is always a life lurking within.
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My own work is founded on a simple principle handed down by my mentor Euan Uglow – It must be a most determined, honest search for truth.
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Some of my earliest works centred around the idea that detail is an essential part of identity.  It is indeed a quality many patrons demand and rightly so, because portraiture is not just art per say: it is a distinct symbolism and for me it serves to describe people in the most definitive way – permanently.
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Narrative it need not be -but there again sometimes the image demands it.
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Judged, and worked it always is.
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Portrait by N Garrett
Portrait of Laura by Nicholas John Garrett
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Because portraiture is usually art in a pure observational form, while serving as an instrument for identification too, I feel it stands apart from the more decorative arts such as landscape for example.
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Please look at my work closely over a period of time – return and talk to me about what you would like to have in particular, alive in your own portrait commission.
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Nicholas John Garrett
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Detail and ‘Portrait of Caterina 1′: Oil on panel 11” x 13”  2005  Nick Garrett
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Woman in lace dress 72
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Detail of ‘Portrait of woman in lace dress': Pencil on paper 1976-77 13” x 9” Nick Garrett
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Portrait of Julia Sands 1978
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Portrait of Julia Sands: Oil on canvas 9” x 5” Nick Garrett 1978
Exhibited in Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
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Detail of ‘London girl': Oil on panel 15” x 8.5”  Nick Garrett 1986 – 89
Shown at Agnew’s London
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Sarah Raphael by Nick Garrett. Oil on panel
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Portrait of Sarah Raphael – Oil on board 17” x 10” Nick Garrett 1991
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Drawing of Sarah – 1991 Nick Garrett
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Francis Baker - Nick Garrett oil on Canvas
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Portrait of my grandfather:  Oil on canvas 21” x 18” Nick Garrett
Shown at Royal Portrait Society annual Exhibition (1978) Mall Galleries
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Portrait of Emily:  2012  Photographic study for portrait, Nick Garrett
Portrait by N Garrett
Portrait by N Garrett
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Portraiture is something that came naturally to me… some say too naturally.  
My first real portrait was of a policeman with an outstretched hand – I remember painting the hand and thinking this hand must be huge because it is the closest part of the figure.  The hand started from the waist and finished above his head.  I was 5.
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It won me my first prize.
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It came naturally and I liked the feeling of making people come alive with wet colours.
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I continued painting without abate to the detriment of academic studies, until I reached a point aged 15 when, in conversation with the late Joseph Dixon Head of textiles at Camberwell School of art, I realised I needed some paperwork to get into my beloved and hallowed Camberwell School of Art.
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Camberwell taught me to utilise my natural desire for detail in order to construct the whole figure and draw structurally.
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Euan Uglow lived across the street from me in West Norwood and I was in awe of his work. We met and he became a cornerstone of my early work practice.
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Camberwell was a sensational place to study at that time, mainly because there was a saturation of great staff and students had a freedom that allowed them to flourish. Tutors Clive Garland and Jane Parkhurst pushed me to become ruthlessly tough with my drafting decisions, just as Uglow, their mentor had done with them.

Meeting Sir William Coldstream was a brief yet reflective moment.
”It’s very difficult with one light source” he said studying my painting of a Roman plaster cast which stood in the down-lit first year painting landing in Wilson’ s Annex.
”But here you have 2 or 3… ” He smiled.
”Yes but it is such a beautiful light” I replied.
For me that was enough.  The fleeting light on form and empathising with a great painter captivatingly, within it.
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My peers Anna Lovely, Adrian Key, Stephen Williams, tutor Dick Lee, model Katrina Head and Sarah Raphael were often in my studio sipping tea and sharing dreams.  It is to Anna and Sarah that I will always harbour closest regard, as they supported me when I lost the belief I needed to paint; and brought me back to it continually.
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Much has passed since those challenges and glory days at Lindhurst and Wilson’s Annex.
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My legacy from that traditional portraiture and life work has allowed me to be hugely successful in creative terms, in my design career.  It gave me a clear understanding of form and balance.  A fine art career I believe, gives a practitioner, in any design field, the edge.
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It is a legacy I am just now understanding and appreciating.


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Today I have finally a studio space that will provide all I need in order to produce the type of work I have dreamed of since 1981.
AsAnthonyEyton often said.. “I’ll best not talk about it otherwise I won’t get it done!”


Cafe scene - by Nick Garrett acrylic and oil on panel 001
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Sometimes it can take many years for the rarefying process to mature to a point where truly special products appear – other times it happens in seconds.
Anna Lovely will have an image in her mind for months distilling and thinking it through.
Carlo Alberto Venturini allows at least 22 years for his Balsamico to produce the correct taste, texture, colour and structure.
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Nalda Searles will collect her materials in the Australian bush and produce her woven sculptures for many years later.
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I am deeply gladdened it is time to simply paint again no matter how they come about.
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Today is mother’s day (2013) – it is to her that I owe my greatest thanks and appreciation.
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NickGarrett2828@yahoo.co.uk
 
 She will turn Detail Cafe scene Nick Garrett artist 001

4 thoughts on “My Work: People paintings

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    1. Thanks Nora, there is a lot of time and consideration in the paintings and planning and pure thinking on yr feet with delivery of the teaching programs… makes life enthralling!!

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