Nick Garrett: TEXT – Blood Love Courage
Making artwork for retail or public spaces requires great professional practice but also a DNA thing going on – career, culture, and connection to the industry all play a large part.
TEXT BLC shows what’s going on behind my creative innovation: modes, feelings, people, notions…
We are potentially the sum total greater than the constant measuring of immeasurable parts and things.
More clearly we can all create great things with huge effort and determination.
I started at a very young age meddling with some of these things… others stepped in or arrived by default… all conspired to help make great paintings and bad, halted me in the years pondering voids, self worth and others. There was no script after my 18th birthday, no father no wise soul other than my grandfather and Uglow – from then on it became impossible making clarity of anything. Or so it seemed.
(until I experienced death by drowning)
Nothing could have been closer or further from the truth.
Where the colour white slips into an untenable silence.
Wanting to paint it all and wanting to know what to paint in the midst of confusion reigned.
Bad was good.
I wanted subject: to know what to paint.
For many years I remained stuck with an ability to render anything with the richness of my early works. yet worse still no real sense of what to render. And so I designed.
(until my daughter passed in my arms)
That was then this is now.
I hope (and know) my next painting will prove it all worthwhile… as ever, it will be some kind of legacy of the past and cast me to the next. Because it was, will be and is.
Nothing stays the same yet some things never change.
(until my daughter sleeps in my arms)
A time to forget and a time to recall.. a time to paint it all.
I don’t mean this to be bullshit… any of it but life kicks ass 360 24-7 in the most obvious way.
Paint is one urge to survive.
Until I met Noongars nothing really made sense. Then I found myself.
Unforgettable quotes: What have Aboriginals given to our society? Angela Eames, Head of drawing Camberwell Art College 2005.
Answer: (gobsmacked) still processing a concise answer to that… compassion, family tradition, deeper understanding of nature and our place in it. For starters… oh yes and they died for us in 2 world wars.
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Studied Fine art Camberwell School of Art. Then after 20 years, got over it.
Works in progress
2008 – 2012