Mark M Garrett is a San Francisco artist who collages with maps and watercolor. Mark M Garrett’s creative path became clear during his 4 years of study at the Memphis College of Art from 1982-1985. He was awarded annual scholarships, as well as the MCA Alumni Traveling Fellowship upon graduation.
In 1985 he traveled to Aix-en-Provence, France for a painting fellowship with the Leo Marchutz School & Residency program. Returning to Memphis in 1986, Mark had his first solo exhibition of drawings & paintings at the Looney Street Gallery in Memphis. From 1986-88 Mark established a studio and an ongoing body of work in NYC while working as an art handler for Pace Gallery. The density of NY eventually pushed him westward to SF, where he exhibited in collective shows over the next 2 decades at a variety of SF venues. He designed stage sets for Keith Hennessy’s 2002, Neo-Dandy Cabaret, The Kinsey Sicks, as well as The SF Buffoon’s 2008 production of Spunk @ Mama Calizo’s Voice Factory.
Mark also spent the last 25 years as the principal matting and framing technician at the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts & the paper conservation Lab at the Legion of Honor in SF. His exposure to over 100,000 works on paper for so many years profoundly informed his vision and sensitivity to working primarily with art on paper.