Anthony Garratt’s paintings are concerned with the weather, and the physical experience and impact of landscape. He researches his paintings by exposing himself to the elements, winter storms, summer heat, racing tides, scudding clouds and eerie moonlight, creating paintings of passion and extremities. He draws his energy from the landscape and the weather, pouring it back into his paintings.
Anthony Garratt studied at Falmouth College of Arts and now lives in rural Devon on the edge of Exmoor. Much of his research time is spent in extreme weather, in remote locations and places that have an emotional impact. Inspiration comes from the vulnerability of humans in the context of the natural landscape and the ever-changing climate which carries with it the mood of the people.
Water is a constant theme, “the way that water changes continually, and the way it deals with light fascinates me. I also like the fact that, although humans can dramatically change the visual impact of the land, it is much harder for us to impact on an enormous expanse of ocean”, he explained. He works by splattering and dribbling, paint across canvases, sometimes mixed with earth, sand, or rust. Brushes, knives, fingers, palette knives, all play their part. From the seeming chaos an image gradually emerges.
Anthony was invited to paint the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant. He is well known for his outdoor painting installations on Tresco Island, Anglesey and Snowdonia, in particular ‘High and Low’ where he floated a painting on a lake half way up Snowdonia and suspended another down a disused tin mine.
In September 2019, Anthony launched ‘Art For Good’ a mass painting movement inspired by the idea that the practice of painting is an objective way in which to connect with the landscape and promote the idea of ‘art for all’. In collaboration with the Newlyn School of Art, over a thousand painters stood shoulder to shoulder linking Land’s End to Sennen in Cornwall to highlight the erosion of the coastal path. All of these projects have garnered National press with coverage shown on ITV News, BBC’s Countryfile and COAST amongst others.
Recently, Anthony was invited to establish an artistic residency in the South African Wilderness, subsequently forming a collaboration with photographer, Barry Cawston.
Anthony is a tutor at the Newlyn School of Art, and a member of the Wilderness Art Collective and Fellow of the RSA. His work is held in both corporate and private collections worldwide. He is a regular exhibitor at the Royal West of England Academy and has shown at the RA Summer Exhibition and the Royal College of Arts Henry Moore Gallery and has regular solo shows in London.