Short Bio

T.Garrett Eaton

Garrett has been living and working in Vancouver since 2019. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, he splits his time between traditional and digital artwork.

In his work, Garrett focuses on still life, often depicting ordinary objects and simple spaces. Working from life is important to his process; the act of careful observation invites viewers to do the same with the paintings themselves: reconsider what we might often overlook in our day-to-day lives. He believes mundane subjects can be catalysts for further exploration, highlighting contradictions between high and low, humor and drama.

Garrett is passionate about communicating practical skills to developing artists and demystifying art-making wherever possible. He firmly believes in art-making as a daily practice- a personally meaningful activity that everyone can take part in. He currently teaches classes in Vancouver at Canvas Method.

When not in the studio, Garrett loves working en plein air and exploring his new home city with fellow artists, gouache sketchbook in hand!

Selected CV


2008- MFA, New York Academy of Art

2005- BA, University of California, Santa Cruz; Studio Art, Concentration in painting


Honors & Awards:

2008- Nominated for two Visual Effects Society Awards:
Oustanding Matte Paintings in a Feature Motion Picture
Outstanding Created Environment in a Feature Motion Picture

2007- Prince of Wales Fellowship: Travel Scholarship. Normandy, France

2006- Merrit Schlorship, New York Academy of art

2005- Irwin Scholar Award, Scholarship given annually to outstanding artists at UCSC

2005- Deans Award, Awarded for Outstanding Achievement in Art. UCSC


2021- Delicious, Studio Gallery, SF

2020- Wish You Were Here, Studio Gallery, SF

2019- Tiny, Studio Gallery, SF

2019- Alphabet Soup, Studio Gallery, SF

2018- New Work: T. Garrett Eaton, Sean Royal & Kate Barrengos,
Studio Gallery, SF

2018- Tiny, Studio Gallery, SF

2018- Delicious,
Studio Gallery, SF

2017- Practice: Plein Air Studies by T. Garrett Eaton
Long Weekend Gallery, Oakland

2017- Tiny, Studio Gallery, SF

2017- City Streets, Studio Gallery, SF

2016- Joevic Yeban and T. Garrett Eaton: New Paintings,
Studio Gallery, SF

2016- Not a Lemon, Scott Ellsworth Gallery, SF

2015- Make it Work, Studio Gallery, SF

2015- Strikeaway Show, Paxtom Gate, SF

2014- Delicious, Studio Gallery, SF

2014- Tiny, Studio Gallery, SF

2014- Spoons Show, Paxtom Gate, SF

2013- Delicious, Studio Gallery, SF

2013- Tiny, Studio Gallery, SF

2010- Summer Exhibition, New York Academy of Art, NY.
Juried by George Adams, Clarissa Dalrymple, and Kurt Kauper

2008- Summer Exhibition New York Academy of Art, NY.
Curated by David Salle, Will Cotton, and Matthew Flowers

2008- Take Home a Nude Benefit, New York Academy of Art, NY

2008- Modern Repulsion, Leo Kuelbs Collection, Brooklyn, NY

2008- MFA Exhibition, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY

2007- Balleory Residency Show, Chateau de Balleroy, Normandy, France

2005- Outdoor Painters Project, Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery, Cowell College, UCSC

2005- Irwin 2005, Sesnon Gallery, Porter College, University of California, Santa Cruz

2005- Quotidian, Senior Gallery, Baskin Visual Arts, University of California, Santa Cruz