- The Secret Repose - Seth Garland
Seth was born in Cornwall in 1977. His passion for painting stems from his background as his parents are both top professional illustrators, his father being best known for illustrating the Tolkien book jackets. This constant connection with the visual arts created a vibrant illustrative environment in which to grow up and where his obsession of painting began. During his study at Central St Martins, Garland won second prize in the ‘The Art of Imagination Open Competition’, held at The Mall Galleries, London and was there youngest prize winner at the age of 20.
His paintings are influenced by the works of the Italian High Renaissance. By reviving Renaissance method (the same used by Leonardo da Vinci and Holbein) and marrying it with the compositional approach of fashion photographers, the result is a sumptuous hybrid of modern beauty and Renaissance nuances. His work shows an understanding of histories present within the painting process and his method of painting on panel shows a unique combination of the use of old master techniques in the modern era