Born Hobart, Australia 1879, died Asquith, New South Wales 1952
Thomas Balfour Garrett commenced his art career later in life, after becoming disenfranchised with his work as a minister of religion in Melbourne, and what he perceived as the institutionalisation of the church. He subsequently moved to Sydney, to pursue his painting practice.
Exhibiting for the first time in 1929 at the age of fifty, Garrett continued to exhibit regularly in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. He is known for gentle bush scenes painted in a highly romantic style, and for his monotype prints, in which the softened and blurred image enhanced the atmospheric qualities of his landscapes. Employing the technique of painting an image in reverse onto a glass plate and printing the result, Garrett experimented with his media, regularly adding oil paints to the watercolour or ink conventionally used in monotypes to achieve his desired result.
Garrett promoted a romantic expressionism in the face of the development of modernism in Australia throughout the 1930s and 1940s. The National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria hold Garrett’s work in their collections.