Artist Todd Garner

Smalltown USA

Todd Garner

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Media Oil
Type Figure/Life
Price £1700.00 / $2386.12
Size 54 x 69 cm
Ref 23347

Deluxe Conversation

Todd Garner

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Media Oil
Type Figure/Life
Price £1400.00 / $1965.04
Size 53 x 63 cm
Ref 23718

Three Graces

Todd Garner

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Media Oil
Type Figure/Life
Price £1500.00 / $2105.40
Size 49 x 59 cm
Ref 23349

Beresford

Todd Garner

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Media Oil
Type Figure/Life
Price £1700.00 / $2386.12
Size 66 x 51 cm
Ref 23345

Grand Day Out

Todd Garner

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Media Acrylic
Type Figure/Life
Price £1500.00 / $2105.40
Size 55 x 65 cm
Ref 23601
After gaining his Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of California, Long Beach, native Pasadenan Todd Garner was invited to be an artist-in-residence at the Edinburgh College of Art in 1989. What was meant to be a 6 month residency ended up being a life changing move to Scotland and specifically Glasgow, where he still lives and works. He has had numerous international solo exhibitions which include England, France and the U.S.A. as well as in his adopted country of Scotland. “I try to steer away from photorealism. When I go into a gallery or museum and look closely at an artists work, I want to see evidence of the artist, the odd bit of a brush hair stuck in the paint, the evidence of a struggle with a certain detail or perspective line that isn’t quite right” Garner was classically trained in oil painting but early on started adapting these techniques to acrylics. Each of his paintings begins with a ‘blocked in’ monochromatic underpainting, then thin colour glazes are applied and finally the over painting is worked on top. He tries to stay away from getting too wrapped up in precise details and enjoys the slight looseness and imperfections. Garner is clear who his major influence is, “I have been a fan of the American painter Edward Hopper since childhood. I particularly liked his figurative paintings that seem to be telling a story, although it is not clear what that story is.” Garner also cites as influence the interior scenes of Scottish colourist Francis Cadell as well as his fascination with the Jazz age of the 1920’s 30’s and 40’s and Hollywood film noir. “In my paintings there are many subtle, and many not so subtle, references to the Golden Age of Jazz and Art Deco, but the paintings are not meant to itself easily to his work, dark interiors, dry martinis, stylish dames, men in hats, and even the influence of his adopted home town of Glasgow can be clearly seen, but through the eye of a Southern Californian missing his home town but revelling in his new. be a pastiche or even nostalgia, as much as a layer of a certain past, a certain glamour that still exists under the contemporary that keeps seeping through to the surface”.