oil and mixed media on canvas by Raleigh, North Carolina artist Richard Garrison with figure, bird, and tree

Garrison's strong colors, veering toward the primary, and tactile surfaces could stand alone as compelling examples of nonobjective art. But, by introducing recognizable imagery, he escalates the spatial and conceptual tension that binds the disparate elements in a precarious equilibrium. That his simply constructed figures convey a sense of individuality and mood is an unexpected bonus.-CeCe Bullard - Richmond-Times Dispatch


In October, 2014 I moved into a new studio space in the Odd Fellows Building in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina (USA) at 19 West Hargett Street. It's only 3 blocks from where I live. I'm excited to be in the new space and with the work that is beginning to develop there.


My new work expresses my feelings and ideas about modern humanity’s relationship with the whole of Nature. I employ paint and found collage elements to build a stage upon which the human figure relates in various ways to the environment, and the environment responds. Also present are geometric progressions and other mathematics-related symbols for the universal, underlying physics, and metaphysics, of existence. I’m interested in humanity’s attempts to define the truths of existence, whether through religious beliefs or through science, as well as spiritual truths, even while in some ways ignoring the obvious reflections of our self-destructive tendencies in relation to each other, and to Nature.