With a minimal, yet sophisticated approach to painting, Courtney J. Garrett has blurred the lines of past and present through varying choices in mediums for over a decade. Influenced by transitioning weather patterns and nostalgia, Garrett’s emotionally driven colors and shapes translate the intangible and the emotional onto seemingly flat two-dimensional surfaces. The result is a dreamlike work that often feels “undone” and at times, beautifully difficult.
“I feel that I have a responsibility to awaken every sense in a viewer to see, and even hear the noise or the quiet in a piece. So I must always understand what is visually needed, and at the heart of it, be forward thinking anticipating emotion and reaction.”
Garrett is collected around the world in both private and corporate collections. Notably, her work was chosen by the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund to create the Foundation’s first historically documented international series, translating the life and work of activist Dian Fossey using a mixed-media process. Her international influence continued beyond 2010 with an opening at the Artist Project NYC, where her work earned multiple shows in Taipei and Greece. In 2011, she opened at The Heritage Museum in Tarpon Springs, Florida representing American Art in a Greek-American exhibition.
In 2014, her work reached new height’s at the opening of “Skylight - Landscapes: Traditional and Contemporary” at the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, in Atlanta, GA. At the OUMA exhibition, Garrett represented 21st Century landscape abstraction as an evolutionary link from traditional masters.