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By KEITH KING
A casual glance at the paintings of fu
turistic cities and nationally-known per
sonalities does not reveal any religious
motif, but Kurt Garrett says his artwork
is divinely inspired.
"I don't know where they come from,
I just go to the canvas. Whatever it is, I
have faith that I can do it," Garrett said.
Any religious representation in the
paintings has been reduced to triangles
and objects in groups of threes, which
Garrett said came from the Christian
"I don't feel there is any religious theme
as such to my work," he said. "There's
just a strength and success that I can only
explain through a belief in God. Why else
should they come out the right way?"
Garrett has been painting only since last
October, although he had been interested
much earlier, when he borrowed $75 from
his brother to buy materials.
I knew I would be out of school for a
while and painting gave me something to
do in my free time without getting put into
the working world,' said the 24-year-old
former chemistry major. "I got the paints
and canvas and went to it."
And went to it he did. Garrett has had
shows in Upendo Lounge and at the Apple
Chill street festival, sold a number of
paintings (one for $125) and sent a por
trait of President Ronald Reaean to the
White House as a welcoming gift, ("I de
cided to do it after the election. He'd
Reagan said so much about having to
leave California and move to the East
Coast I thought I'd show him we're a
friendly people," Garrett told a local
newspaper in January.) i(
Garrett currently has a display of his
works in the North Carolina National
Bank on Franklin Street.
Much of Garrett's work is of people
and he says if he had to choose one form
of painting to concentrate on, it would be
portraiture. s .
"I thrive on the energy of people and
that makes a reflection in my art," he said.
"I'm particularly interested in people who
are conscious of and constantly in the
public eye." .
Some of his paintings at NCNB are of
President Reagan, singers Kenny Rogers
and Bruce Springsteen and former Caro
lina basketball player Al Wood.
Garrett has transformed his Northamp
ton Plaza apartment into a studio. He has
financed his painting through his work at
the Carolina Union and the sale of some
of his paintings.
"Selling something you've worked so
hard on and put so much of yourself into
can be painful," he said. "But I know the
people that, buy them want them and will
take care of them."
Garrett's latest line of work is a series
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NCNB displays Garrett's third showing since October 1980
... people, places, current events dominant subjects
of black and white paintings done with an
airbrush that he said represents the Earth
of the future or at least some type of man
made environment. .
These hyper-realism paintings, as Gar
rett calls them, have such names .as
"Energy Conversion of an Inactive Vol
cano," "Airport Terminal" and "Night
He explained the paintings with the
detail of a science fiction writer. The paint
ings, with a soft glow produced by the air
brush, contain space pads, subways,
energy . conversion facilities and lava
Another of the air brush paintings.
entitled "Future Rock," might interest
Tar Heel basketball fans.
"Future rock is basketball played on a
completely black court," Garrett said,
"using a glowing basketball and a red
hoop suspended in mid-air without a
backboard. It (the hoop) turns green and
makes a loud sound when a basket is
scored. The players wear insulated shorts
and the shoes and socks are combined."
Garrett hopes to turn his inventive talent
toward commercial art school and possibly
"In another year I want to be three
times as good and big as I am now," he
said. "I want to do it all."
Chapel Hill artist Kurt Garrett works on the Triad'
... the painting represents his theme of composition
Audition ign-up to begin
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Carolina Choir and the Glee Gub will be
held this week in room 106 Person Hall,
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The ChamberSingers are a mixed voice
choir that performs a capella works from
the Renaissance as well as choralinstru
mental works by such composers as Bach,
Mozart and Stravinsky. The Chamber
Singers number from 15 to 20 singers.
The Carolina Choir plans works for
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This year the Glee Clubs will combine
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chestra including Mendelssohn's "Die
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Almost everyone who tries out is placed
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