Anthony Garratt

Anthony’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.  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.

He has recently been involved in several inspirational outdoor projects.  These include ‘High and Low’ an installation in Snowdonia where one giant painting floated on a lake and the other was suspended from chains in a disused mine. And this summer, ‘To All At Sea’, Anglesey, a 4½-metre-wide, double-sided painting panel was installed on the coast, near the site where the Royal Charter steamship sunk in 1859, with 800 dead.  One side depicts the storm, the other a calm sea as well as  a mass painting challenge involving 1,000 artitsts at Lands End.

Anthony studied at Chelsea College of Art, followed by a design degree at Falmouth College of Arts. After working as a designer for a few years he decided to become a full-time painter. 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. He  has regular solo shows in London.

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