Hap Garrett creates work that fit the demands of the 21st century. Such works require an interaction with the viewer as well as any light source. The paintings are designed to look different at different angles/lighting so that no one photo or VR headset can truly capture the art. To fully experience these works, you must own them. Each is concerned with permanence, allure, and based on the interaction developed with his viewer. By using an abundance of materials with innovative structures, composed primarily of acrylics, oils and industrial sheets of vinyl (basically shiny, flat paint) Garrett creates bold works that are meant to attract the attention of anyone who passes by.
Believing in the power of visuals, noting that the physicality of his work can cut through quotidian noise, Garrett's maximalist style goes beyond just the aesthetics of his practice. He is also invested in his art surviving everyday life and challenges the notions of art as delicate or fragile; continually creating work that is spill-proof and even washable.
Mother and Grandmother, both realistic oil painters, were my real introduction to art. I’m grateful.
March 3 - 23, 2020 at Jones Gallery in Kansas City
March 4 - 24, 2020 at Agora Gallery in New York City
March 20 - 25 Artbasel Online exhibit via The Art Fair
March 31 - April 2, 2020 outdoor exhibit in Brooklyn, NY
May 7 - 12, 2020 The Other Art Fair presented by Saatchi Art in Dallas, TX
Oct 17 - November 1, 2020 Brooklyn Art Walk in collaboration with At The Art Fair