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The Mystery Within the Subject: Monotype with Phil Garrett

  Phil Garrett, Thistle II Hunting Island2003, Monotype, Chine Colle,  30 x 22" on paper
Phil Garrett, Thistle II Hunting Island, 2003. Monotype, chine collé, 30 x 22″ on paper

“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 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.”


In 1998, Phil Garrett acquired a large Intaglio press and founded King Snake Press in Greenville, South Carolina. The press “grew out of Garrett’s love for the monotype process, and is dedicated to encouraging other artists to experiment with the painterly print.”










Memento /Jones Gap Monotype Chine Colle' Phil Garrett, Memento /Jones Gap Monotype Chine Colle' 2007 12 in by 10 in Image Size 21 by 17 in Paper Size
Phil Garrett, Memento /Jones Gap, 2007.
Monotype, chine collé, 21 x 17″ on paper

Phil Garrett – Intuition, Ink, Paper: Monotype
October 20-26, 2013
in the printmaking studio:

This workshop will explore the dynamic medium of monotype printmaking. This user-friendly, spontaneous method allows images to be developed and printed in a short time. Because the plate retains a thin layer of ink after being printed, it lends itself to varying the image and working sequentially. After a discussion of ink, plates, presses, and paper, the class will begin with simple, reductive methods of inking on single plates and then progress to multi-plate color prints incorporating chine collé. The workshop will include demonstrations, presentations, and critiques. All levels.

Phil Garrett completed his undergraduate work at the University of South Carolina and the Honolulu Academy, studying with the late Gabor Peterdi. He received his BFA at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1974 and lived and worked in the Bay Area until 1979, when he returned to South Carolina where he presently resides. He founded King Snake Press in 1998 for the production and promotion of monotypes. His works on paper and paintings included in public collections of the South Carolina State Museum, the State of Hawaii, and Greenville County Museum, as well as in corporate and private collections in the USA, Europe and Japan. Garrett is represented by Hodges Taylor Gallery in Charlotte, NC and If Art in Columbia, SC.


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Phil Garrett at Penland