For the Finest  Portraiture – Nicholas Garrett

”Portraits are often beautiful yet always mysterious things.  No matter who creates them there is an eternal life set free.  Through our portraits we ‘live’ forever….

.Portrait of Sarah July 1991. Nick Garrett

Study of Sarah

My own work is founded on a simple principle handed down by my mentor Euan Uglow – It must be a determined search for truth.


But my love of faces goes back to when I was very young.  At 2 I was painting people and by 5 had won my first competition in South London.

Some of my earliest works, through my teenage years centred around the idea that detail plays an essential part of clarifying identity.  It is indeed what many patrons demand and rightly so, because portraiture is not just art per say: it is a distinct communicative symbolism and for me it serves to describe people in the most definitive way, as well as furnishing our lives with profoundly good fine art.

Narrative it need not be.

Judged, it always is.


Distilled it remains.

Because it is a classical example of fine art in a pure form, yet functioning as an instrument for historical identification, it stands apart from the purely decorative.

Look closely at what you see here or around the galleries and talk to me about what you would like to find in your portrait commission.

Nicholas John Garrett

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Detail of ‘Portrait of Caterina 1′: Oil on panel 11” x 13”  2005  Nick Garrett