William Garfit British, b. 1944

Will Garfit is an artist and illustrator specialising in sporting art. He trained at the Cambridge School of Art, Byam Shaw and the Royal Academy Schools. He always paints en plein air and frequently travels for his work, including to South America, Russia and the United States as well as all over Europe. Garfit has a longstanding association with the Tryon Gallery, where he has held solo exhibitions since the 1970s. His paintings appear in some of the finest private collections in the UK.

 

He is greatly known for holding one Man exhibitions in London since 1970 and usually at the Tryon Gallery in Cork St from 1979 to 1991, at Holland in 1994 and the Tryon Gallery. He is now exhibited in Bury St, in 2009. Will and Gina display biannually at their own home as part of Cambridgeshire Open Studios.

 

Majority of Will's artwork is by commission, mastering in sporting rivers and water landscapes. He has also included other landscapes and paintings of houses. Will Garfit always paints outside on location and is especially fascinated by the mood and character of the water and landscape.

 

Every mesmerising artwork is the stage for the onlooker's imagination, sharing the emotions and presence of that place. Commissions are considered to have transformed Will from the southern chalk streams to the grand rivers of Scotland or the Spate Rivers of the Highlands. In addition, abroad to countries enlisting Iceland, Russia, U.S.A, Argentina, Brazil, Austria, Germany, France and Switzerland. Will's work is demonstrated in a number of private collections containing those at Sandringham, Highgrove, Woburn Abbey and Powderham Castle.

 

The north Norfolk coast is a landscape that Will adores to color through his majestic painting skills when staying at the family cottage in Cley. The wide horizons of sea and marsh are influencing and their ever altering, subtle colours and sounds expound moods and solitude evolving an inner spiritual peace.

 

William Garfit is best recognised for his perfect line drawings or sepia wash vignettes of wildlife concepts and subject matters which have demonstrated some thirty books of country sports.

 

Will succeeded in developing an awesome shoot, fisheries, and wildlife reserve from an area of disused gravel pits close to his home. This project was rewarded with the Glorious Laurent Perrier Award in1988 (now the Purdey Award of which he represents the judging committee). This paved the way for two prominent and successful books of his story, "Wills Shoot" in 1993 that got republished as "Will's Shoot Revisited" in 2005.