Lloyd Garrison

Mostly self-taught, Lloyd started his career in Rahway, New Jersey in October of 1966 and his interest in drawing and painting began as a child. His colonial paintings were inspired by the fact that he’s the 11th generation in Rahway and his ancestors were innkeepers of the Terrill Tavern (which stands in Rahway) and also carriage and sled builders.

Garrison’s style is realistic, but the subject matter is unlimited. He loves both a variety and a challenge. Revolutionary, Civil War, landscapes, still-lifes, portraits, Surrealism, Aviation, Nautical, Westerns, wildlife, and florals are a few of his specialties.

He has painted miniature oils, two series of Christmas plates for the Bradford Exchange, and drew comic books for two years with Gold Key Comics. Some advertisements he did include the cover for Old Spice cologne, the logo for Sleep Doctor, and a cover for Finley tea. He painted murals for Prudential Insurance in Newark, Rahway Savings Institution and the restaurants Barbary Coast, Brass Bucket, and Al Dente Restaurant in Piscataway.

Some of Lloyd’s paintings can be found in the homes of playwright Normal Wexler of Saturday Night Fever, actors Buddy Hackett and Robert Mitchum. Two paintings can be seen on a wall in the movie Death Wish starring Charles Bronson. One collector has broken all of his sales records by purchasing 92 originals.

Primarily Lloyd enjoys creating from a blank canvas, an image that will either make someone feel happy, like the Dickens paintings or very emotional like hisCivil War Veterans. The most important part of a painting is the idea, the spark, and the gathering of information that gives it its authenticity. Composition is next in level of importance, followed by application. It is possible to imagine ideas that no one has thought of before.

His wife, Lori, operates the gallery. Togehter, They sell the paintings he creates, along with prints, figurines, sculptures, antique toy reproductions, custom-made ships and Byer’s Choice dolls. The studio is located at the gallery.