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 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 in 1998, 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. He is the author of the book INSIDE ACRYLICS published by North Light in August of 2013 .
Artist’s Statement: 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.