1 May 2015: Austin, Texas
a new book from UT Press, has just been released. It was compiled and authored by Alan Schaefer, of the Whitliff Collection and Texas State University. My work is included in it, as is the work of my colleagues Kerry Awn, Ken Featherston, Jim Franklin, Henry Gonzalez, Jack Jackson, Guy Juke, Bill Narum, Micael Priest, Sam Yeates, and Dale Wilkins. This is a comprehensive collection of Austin poster art from that period. If you are curious about how Austin got it's musical reputation and garnered the title, ?Live Music Capitol of the World,? this book is an indispensable visual explanation of how that came to be. Beautifully done, with excellent reproductions of some of Austin's finest music posters, this volume is a must for anyone interested in this art. It is an especially important resource for those who collect Austin music art.
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5 March 2014:almost-SXSW, almost-Spring in Austin, Texas
Happy Spring everybody. Stay tuned for my upcoming biographical/picture album book that I've been working on the past few years. I hope to both entertain and educate those interested in Austin in the formative 1970s and 80s. I'll keep everyone posted via this website as I wrap up this multi-year effort.
12 March 2011: SXSW, Austin, Texas
For a while, some have asked where they could purchase framed copies of my artwork. I'm pleased to announce that Deck the Walls, located in Barton Creek Square, Austin now carries a wide selection of my work, some already framed, with all available for custom framing, too. Deck the Walls is on FaceBook, and have a cool framing application you use to visualize what your artwork will look like in different frames.
So if you want to see personally and avail yourself of a comprehensive selection of my poster art, Deck the Walls is the place to go. Thanks to everyone for their interest in my work.
23 January 2011: San Marcos, Texas
The Walkers? Gallery at the San Marcos Activity Center presents:
TEXAS MUSIC MATTERS
A visual celebration of Texas music
January ? February, 2011
Artists Featured: Robert Hurst, Danny Garrett, Alan Pogue, Eric Morales, Diana Hendricks, Mike Galloway, Christopher Barnett, JamesPlakovic, Rolland Krueger, Julie Sola & David Harmon (Hatch Prints), Margaret Falletta and Jim Holloway.
City of San Marcos Activity Center
501 E. Hopkins
San Marcos, TX 78666
512 393 8280
For those in the vicinity, I hope to see you there? dg
23 Sept 2009: Auckland, New Zealand
Princess April Morning-Glory
About five years ago I began a project of restoration that is now poised to bear fruit in the form of a timeless and quite unique children's book. It is called Princess April Morning-Glory and was completed in 1941. It was written and uniquely illustrated by my wife's stepmother, Letitia Fairbanks, the niece of Hollywood's very first royal family, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford. A timeless tale of a fairy princess and her adventures in a magical realm, it holds a unique spot at the crossroads of children's literature, Hollywood, history, and art.
Click on photo to enlarge
The restoration itself was a meticulous digital rebuilding of watercolor illustrations and hand-inked calligraphy that had been created front-to-back on porous vellum, with the unfortunate results of bleed through over both image and word, as well as the natural ravages of time. With the vital and tireless help of my wife, Kelley, the restored book has now been placed in the publishing arena by Amanda Millner-Fairbanks, Letitia's granddaughter and currently a journalist for The New York Times. I will be posting updates as we make progress on this collaborative endeavor.
17 Sept 2009: Auckland, New Zealand
Give Away My Posters On Facebook
To the right is a Facebook icon that you can click on to go to a Facebook Application so that you can send your fellow Facebook friends images of the posters that I created over the years for Austin music. There are my iconic images of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Willie Nelson and many others you may have seen, as well as some rarely displayed and little known California gig posters I did in 1989-90 for Eric Clapton, Aerosmith, Jethro Tull and the Doobie Bros. Venues as diverse as Armadillo World Headquarters, Antone's, the Austin Opry House, Soap Creek Saloon, Castle Creek, the Willie Nelson Fourth of July Picnics and the Kerrville Folk Festival, to name but a few, are included. Feel free to peruse the images and send them to your Facebook friends and significant acquaintances free of charge. If you want, you can direct the recipients to the pages in my website where the events and the creation of the posters themselves are described in detail.
Please accept these images as my gift to you and your friends.
1921 - 2008
Nobby Clark passed away the other day. Nobby was a well known Auckland artist who chronicled much of the life in New Zealand's largest city in the 60's, 70's and 80's. His son, Simon Clark, accomplished artist in his own right, heads up Illustration in the School of Art and Design at Auckland University of Technology where I have been teaching since 2005.
Nobby strolled the nocturnal streets of Auckland and wrote, drew and painted the denizens and citizens that he found there. He captured the life on these avenues, especially frequenting the bars and bistros found along Karangahape, or 'K' Road as well as those in Ponsonby. In the days of the legendary "six o'clock swill", he recorded these characters like a Damon Runyon with a brush and a pen. Much of his time was spent in The Wine Bar, a drinking establishment that was able to circumvent the rigid law that denied alchohol in the city's public houses after 6:00 in the evening, by simply serving wine. Beloved by the regulars there, he told their improbable stories in image and word.
A true individualist, free spirit, and fine art illustrationist -- the world needs more like Nobby. He will be sorely missed.
2 December 2008
Auckland, New Zealand
Left: The Pearl on Karangahape Road, Auckland, New Zealand.
7 March 2008:Austin, Texas
It's SXSW time in Central Texas and Danny is pleased to welcome New Zealand's own Katchafire to Austin. Katchafire will be playing:
Friday March 14 - Austin City Hall,
Corner of Cesar Chavez and Lavaca
"Live From The Plaza"
Free and open to the public!
No wristband needed!
Katchafire can also be seen:
Saturday April 15, 9:00pm
515 E 6th St
This is a SXSW show,
so wristbands are required
The inimitable Guy Juke, Danny's long-time compadre at the Armadillo first, and later at Sheauxnough Studios, has drawn the artwork for Katchafire's Austin debut.
"Katchafire represents the best of reggae today, and it's out of New Zealand."
Dermot Hussey, Jamaican musicologist/multi-media producer
"Contemporary international roots music at its best." Chuck Foster, Beat Magazine
11 May 2007: Auckland, New Zealand
Guy Forsyth's latest CD --
Unrepentant, Schizophrenic Americana
feature's Danny's classic rendition of Guy
Guy Forsyth has been a primal force in Austin music for nearly two decades. He is a powerful writer, composer, vocalist, guitarist and harpist -- not to mention an accomplished virtuoso of the musical saw. To fully appreciate the scope and depth of his musical talents however, one must see him in person. Recordings do little justice to his live performances. However, this two-CD set, is probably the best of his few forays into recorded live sessions.
It was my very great honor to do the cover(s) for these recordings. The image is a reproduction of the poster that I did in 1996 for his weekly performances at Antone's -- Sunday night gigs that carried the spiritual force of his music in the quietest corner of the weekend. He has been for many years, and remains, my favorite contemporary Austin musician.
Museum of Popular Culture
is pleased to present
Visual Flights of Fancy:
The artwork of Danny Garrett
June 17 - July 23, 2006
Click on the > button below to listen to a MP3 Public Service
Announcement recorded by Danny's long-time compadre,
Eddie Wilson of Threadgill's, at
KGSR's studio, courtesy of
morning DJ, Bryan Beck.
For all the morning, drive-time, KGSR listeners, hip to all
things funky & weird about Austin, you'd better listen up close at the
magical hour of 7:09 am, when
Bryan Beck offers daily tips into the mystery of 7/09.
There are many events scheduled in conjunction with Danny visit
to Austin from Auckland and his show at the South Austin Museum of Popular
Thursday, 22 June 2006 5:00 - 6:00 pm: At the Austin City Council
Chambers, Mayor Will Wynn will declare 7/09 officially Danny Garrett Day in
Saturday, 24 June 2006 7:09 pm: At the
South Austin Museum of Popular Culture will
host the official opening party. Click here for a
printable copy of the Press
Release (Microsoft Word
Sunday, 9 July 2006 Threadgill's World Headquarters will be the scene
of a massive celebration of all the Austin Artists, including
Guy Juke, Bill Narum,
Micael Priest, Jaxon, and others. Please join us for this special art sale,
with music provided by the
Uranium Savages and Guy
1949 - 2006
23 May 2006: Danny Garrett mourns the passing of one of blues music's
greatest promoters -- Clifford
Antone of Austin, Texas.
From his statement to the
Clifford was an incredible force for the Blues, American popular culture, and
a personal and beloved friend. It was a pleasure and honor to have worked with
him. I will miss this incredible man. My condolences to his personal and
musical families. A genuine Austin treasure...
6 November 2005: Danny Garrett was honored to be asked by
Real Groovy Records of Auckland, New Zealand, to illustrate that Real
Groovy is Everything
Under the Sun.
Danny's poster has appeared in the
New Zealand Herald, the Dominion Post and other major NZ newspapers on
Sunday, 6 November 2005 as a full page color advertisement. It has also sprung
up all over Auckland, in A3 and A0 sizes, plastered on prominent corners, along
with other bills for upcoming shows.
Danny was able to incorporate some of his favorite music into this poster. In
this image, he's pointing out a miniature of his portrait of
Guy Forsyth, a poster drawn in
1995 for Guy because Danny is enthralled by Guy's blues, harmonica, and
If you haven't yet heard Guy's newest album
Love Songs: For & Against then, if you are in NZ, order your
copy from Real
Groovy. If you are in the US, you can order your copy of
Love Songs: For & Against from
Waterloo Records, the Real Groovy Records of Texas.
11 August 2005: Danny Garrett is a Vietnam combat veteran. He was
drafted in June, 1968 and released from service in March of 1970. He seved in
Quang Ngai province, southern I Corps.
Called ?Tears in the Rain?,
this drawing is a composite portrait of a Vietnam veteran after a photograph by
David Douglas Duncan, and attempts to depict a ?generic? image of the
soldier that served there, regardless of race or ethnicity.
Given that America is once again at war,
Danny thought it proper to bring this portrait out of his portfolio, and
show it again.
On 11 July 2005 Antone's: Home
of the Blues kicked off their 30th anniversary week with a special Blue
Monday show, hosted by the incomparable
Derek O'Brien. This photo of (from left to right)
Hubert Sumlin, Calvin ?Fuzz? Jones, and
Willie ?Big Eyes? Smith, and was taken at Antone?s on July 11, 2005:
30th Anniversary Blue Monday show.
Willie and Fuzz played bass and drums respectively for Muddy Waters; Hubert
was Howlin' Wolf's guitarist for years.
Who say's the blues ain't living?
It is in Austin, Texas.
Antone's 30th Anniversary photos by
Danny's Antone's 30th Anniversary poster honoring
Stevie Ray Vaughan
First there were images of Jesus on toast....
On July 15, 2005 spotted in the bathroom of the Od?on Caf?, Auckland's answer
to the Cactus Cafe,
was a small sign that Austin hippies had preceded us.
This was the same night we met up with
Margaret Brown and Lee Daniel, Director and
Cinematographer respectively of
Be Here To Love Me, a film about the life & times of
Townes Van Zandt. Margaret and Lee have told Townes'
story -- and that of his family -- in a poignant, thoughtful collection of
film, dialog, and the singer songwriter's words and music. If you find it at a
film festival near you, make it a point to go. You won't be disappointed.
On June 11, 2005 the South
Austin Museum of Popular Culture hosted a party for cowboy
cham?l?on Guy Juke...
and Guy and the gang took this
opportunity to say Hi to their comrade-in-exile.
Danny received this thank-you note from
60 Minutes correspondent
Ed Bradley earlier this year, for Danny's
1980 Antones poster of Ray Charles
My name is Danny Garrett and I am an artist. The work represented here covers
nearly four decades, including endeavors both commercial and fine, through
media and venue both traditional and digital. Whether considered as a body or
individually, these pieces constitute a philosophy of art ? articulated in the
vocabulary of image and structured by grammars of shape and form. The scope of
this philosophy will unfold in landscapes crafted through visual tectonics that
stretch as much behind the eye as before it. And within it are worlds
illuminated as much by thought as by light. Come in and see what you think?
Both the Antone's 29th and 30th Anniversary posters wer drawn using a
Wacom Cintiq 18SX graphics tablet. If you are a fellow artist, seeking
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