Lucy Garnett is an Anglo-Indian artist and musician living in Seattle. Using a variety of media ranging from printmaking to video installations, she explores themes of migration, music, health, globalisation, and family. Lucy’s artwork draws upon her life in the United Kingdom where she grew up, raised two daughters with her husband, and worked as a primary school teacher and arts specialist until she immigrated to the United States in 2012.
Lucy earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts [Hons] from De Montfort University, UK. She has shown artwork in group and solo shows in the UK and US, including at Modern Art Oxford (UK), Davidson Galleries (Seattle, WA) and a solo show covering three floors of Shoreline City Hall (Shoreline, WA).
Coming from a musical family, Garnett interprets and analyzes music by visually representing her experience of learning to play particular pieces on oboe and piano. The artist invites viewers into her intellectual and emotional states of mind across auditory and visual genres through the use of pastel, paint, ink, sheet music, and parts of broken instruments. Garnett’s work on personal and communal health includes references to her own spinal condition through printed and drawn images alongside textile and sculptural responses to family lifecycles, concerns about childhood deprivation of play, and her husband’s research on HIV. She also explores social issues around outsourced manufacturing, using installations to visualize the invisible labour of exploited garment factory workers and provides opportunities for ethical self-reflection.
Some of Lucy's work shows an appreciation of the landscapes in which she has formed her life: human structures that become part of and blend into their surroundings, natural structures that evoke human edifices, and the resilience and fragility of our lives in those spaces. Recent work has evolved around issues of identity, community and responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Solo Shows:
2023   A Sense of Place, Gallery Belltown Condominium, Seattle, WA
2022   ShoreLake Arts Gallery featured exhibit, ShoreLake Arts Gallery, Lake Forest Park, WA
2019-2020   Notations, Shoreline City Hall, Shoreline, WA
2010   Thresholds, Bartholomew Rooms, Eynsham, UK
2002   Bartholomew Rooms, Eynsham, UK
Group Shows:
2023   Print Pod Group Show, Seattle Artist League, Seattle, WA
2023   Print Pod group show, Market Street Shoes, Seattle, WA
2022 - 2023   Seattle Artist League Show, Seattle Artist League, Seattle, WA
2022   The Print Show, Greenwood Art Collective, Seattle, WA
2021   Contemporary Northwest Print Invitational (CNPI), Davison Galleries, Seattle, WA
2021   Shoreline Arts Festival Virtual Juried Art Show, Shoreline, WA
2019   Big League Art Show,  Inscape Arts and Cultural Center, Seattle WA
2018  The Salish Sea Show: Art Activism & the Salish Sea, Seattle Artist League, Greenwood, Seattle, WA
2018   Big League Art Show,  Galvanise, Seattle, WA
2017   Seattle Artist League Show, Greenwood, Seattle, WA
2012   Platform, Modern Art Oxford, UK
2012   Graduate Show, De Montfort University, OCVC campus, Banbury, UK
2005   Broad Canvas, Oxford, UK
2004   Art Foundation course show, Oxford and Cherwell Valley College, Banbury, UK
2012   Bachelor of Arts [Hons] Fine Art, De Montfort University, UK,
2004   Art Foundation and Drawing into Design, Oxford and Cherwell Valley College, Banbury, UK
1995   Post Graduate Certificate of Education, Oxford Brookes University, UK
1994   Bachelor of Arts [Joint Hons] History & Music, The Open University, UK
2009 - 2011   Art Coordinator/ lead teacher North Leigh Primary School, Oxon, UK
2003 - 2009   Co-creative lead & teacher for collaborative Art Residential courses for Bartholomew School and Freeland Primary School  based at Kilvrough Manor, Gower, Wales, UK
2000 - 2009   Art Coordinator/ lead teacher Freeland Primary School, Oxon, UK
1995 - 2011   Primary School teacher, with art, music and history specialisms for Oxfordshire County Council, UK