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Chris Garvey
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"Art is much less important than life, but what a poor life without it."

Robert Motherwell

I was born in Jackson, Tennessee in 1979. I was raised outside of Memphis and spent my early years mostly experimenting in making art, never truly pursuing a career in art. In 2001 I joined the Navy and spent 10 years of my life in Italy. I’ve since left the Navy and now work a full time job and paint in my free time. My work has grown to include the random sometimes overlooked and mundane objects of everyday life, from common dishes to discarded grocery bags and trash. I believe that one can find beauty in anything if viewed in the right light. In fact, I would say that’s my goal is to arrest the viewer and make them look at things out of their normal element. Make them see the beauty in the simple things that surround them. Something I’ve always enjoyed is history, and more specifically a tangible history like found objects from antique stores or flea markets which tend to make their way into my compositions as well. I wonder who owned these objects and what meaning did it have to them.

I’ve experimented with many different techniques, from traditional painting to mixed media and have always enjoyed working in oil. Oil painting provides the ability to work in layers and build many translucent to opaque layers in each piece. I strive to be as accurate as possible and build a history of marks throughout each piece.