A native of Massachusetts, marine artist Paul Garnett is entirely self-taught. For seven years he served as the shipwright on Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s tall ship replica of the famous BOUNTY that was built for their 1962 production of “Mutiny on the Bounty.”
His artwork has been featured in Nautical World Magazine, Marine Art Quarterly and Sea History Magazine. His paintings have also appeared on A&E’s “Sea Tales”, as well as The History Channel’s program “History’s Mysteries.” The Clinton County Historical Society in New York licensed “Battle of Valcour Island” as a poster for their recovery project on the lake where the battle took place. This painting has also been used in Facts on File’s Revolutionary War Almanac. Included in the 2007 Art of the Sea Calendar is the artist’s painting H.M.S. Beagle Approaches the Galapagos Islands. The Number 8 2006 edition of Denmark’s Historie Magazine includes the artist’s ” Men Against the Sea”, as well as a painting of Joshua Slocum’s Spray being featured in their #1 2014 issue.
Paul’s paintings have also been featured as the covers of the trilogy by naval historian, William H. White, about the War of 1812 –A Press of Canvas, A Fine Tops’l Breeze, and The Evening Gun. His latest book cover was done for The Greater The Honor, a tale of the Barbary Wars also written by Mr. White. The artist’s work will also be featured on the cover art for the future release of Telarc’s Masters & Commanders CD. Also, for Mr. White, the artist has produced covers for The Greater the Honor, a tale of the Barbary Wars; In Pursuit of Glory, When Fortune Frowns,The Voyage of H.M.S. Pandora, Gun Bay and Sea History’s Press Guide to the War of 1812.
Recently, Nicholas Nicastro’s work Between Two Fires a novel of John Paul Jones used Paul’s art for the cover. He has also done cover art for the Telarc’s Masters & Commanders CD recorded by the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra conducted by the late great Erich Kunzel and for Secret Signs recorded by the Bow Triplets, an Irish/Celtic folk music group based in Europe.
The artist’s originals can be seen at the J. Russell Jinishian Gallery in Fairfield, CT; the Kensington-Stobart Gallery, Salem, MA; Art of the Sea Gallery, Thomaston, Maine and the Camden Falls Gallery, Camden, ME. They have appeared in such shows as “Modern Marine Masters and the International Marine Art Exhibitions” at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT; “Waterways” at Art of the Sea, “Charlestown – Then and Now”, at the Charlestown Naval Museum; “Masters & Commanders’” at the Union Club in New York City; “Art of the Boston Waterfront”, the John Stobart Gallery in Boston as well as the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York.
In July 2005, Mr. Garnett was involved in the National Juried Exhibition at the 12th Annual Maritime Art Exhibition at the Coos Art Museum in Oregon. His was also featured and auctioned at the Don Cesar Hotel on St. Petersberg Beach in the summer of 2002, when he was OP Sail’s featured event artist at the Gallery of the Tall Ships.
Both the Constitution Museum in Charlestown and the Marine Museum in Fall River, Massachusetts have permanent exhibits of his work. The artist is also a longtime member of the National Maritime Historical Society and a member of the International Society of Marine Painters. He works from his studio in Newtonville, Massachusetts.