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 Dan Garrett  (1948 - )

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Lived/Active: Wyoming      Known for: Indian figure sculpture

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Dan Garrett
from Auction House Records.
The Primal Prayer
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Biography from Knox Galleries:
Weaving myth and history, Dan Garrett depicts a world full of mystery and adventure and takes us to a place in which primal instincts and unseen forces ruled the earth.  Dan's interest is in representing in bronze, mythology and archaeology, especially historic and prehistoric civilization from the High Plains area.

Dan says, "It amazes me and gives me deep respect for these people, the Paleo- Indians, that they could survive year round out on the open prairie with only primitive technology and the small support groups that they had to work with”.

Garret began his fine arts career as a painter and then, intrigued by the challenges of three dimensions, tackled clay, wood and bronze to depict his favorite subject, Native Americans.  He individualizes each bronze by choosing the color of the patina and oils and waxes each base.

Dan Garrett was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming in 1949. His education includes majoring in Fine Art at the University of Wyoming, and self taught study in sculpture and patinas. He attended various sculpture workshops taught by the renowned sculptor Ed Fraughton, and also studied anatomy at the Zahourek Institute's Anatomkin classes. The more he studied his subject, the more involved he became in the deep, unrecorded past.

His sculpture The Raider was selected for the Museum Purchase Award at the 1999 Cheyenne Frontier Days Western Art Show. This sculpture joins the permanent collection of The Old West Museum in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

He has been selected to jury several regional and national art shows, having several times served as a juror for the Loveland High Plains Art Council's Sculpture in the Park in Loveland, Colorado, as well as the Western Spirit Art Show, Cheyenne, Wyoming. Dan has been invited to participate in invitation only shows, among them the Cheyenne Frontier Days Governor's Invitational Art Show; the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition Western Art Show, Charleston, South Carolina; Bob and Inna Eubanks' Peppertree Ranch Art Show, Santa Ynez, California; the Royal American Art Show, Kansas City, Missouri; the Loveland High Plains Art Council's Sculpture in the Park Invitational, Loveland, Colorado; the Albuquerque Art Museum Miniatures Show, Albuquerque, New Mexico; the Nicolaysen Museum Art Auction, Casper, Wyoming; the Sedona Sculpture Walk, Sedona Arizona and the Cantigny Gardens Sculpture in the Gardens show in Chicago, Illinois.

Private collectors include Wyoming Governor Jim Geringer, King Carlos of Spain, and actress Connie Stevens and is in the corporate collections of Firestone and Key Bank. Public collections include the Leanin' Tree Museum of Western Art in Boulder, Colorado; Old West Museum in Cheyenne, Wyoming; and the Jung Museum of Fine Art in Albany, New York.

Biography from Southwest Gallery:
For as long as he could remember, Dan Garret aspired to a career in art. A singular event put him completely on-course with this objective - when his parents took over a greeting card company during Garret’s mid-teens. Traveling with his father around the countryside visiting artists in their studios and looking at their works, Garret got to know legends of the art world such as George Phippen and John Clymer, and especially Bob Lougheed, who contributed significantly to Garret’s awareness that one could make a living doing what one loved.

Because Garret’s parents had such a strong interest in art, he enjoyed the stimulation of being exposed to it all his life. The academic experience of college wasn’t all too satisfying for Garret, however, because his was interested in realism and the West, while the department was modern in its approach. But Garret felt he could learn the most by doing, and that’s just what he did. With the support of his wife, Edith, who gave encouragement throughout the “lean” years, and with the mentoring of Cheyenne artist Lyle Tayson, Garret gained in proficiency as a painter.

Somehow, though, painting just didn’t suit Garret’s personality. In 1985 he took the plunge and began sculpting. Again, perfect timing was with Garret when he took a sculpting class from Edward Fraughton. It was then that any idea of quitting the art business left him forever. Now, Garret is able to infuse his sculpture with the archaeology and prehistory he loves as he and Edith spend typical summers traveling and conducting the considerable scholarship his historically accurate subjects require. Hard work and determination - as well as luck - have enabled Garret to realize his dreams.

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