What is dam?
The digital art movement is an art movement inspired by the power of technology and its ability to revolutionize art. This movement aims to push design into experimental territory, and to explore the ability to create art with digital mediums. Digital art is a frontier which has yet to be explored, and many of the tools used have become tools of industry. We aim to use these tools to benefit causes that protect the planet and its animals. This cause is (in short) a cause built around expressing the modern world with a medium that is the modern world, technology.
My name is Liam Garrett. I am chaos. I became a digital artist when chaos in my life, along with a number of injuries, fueled my fire inside. Since a young age, I've been exposed to varying magnitudes of chaos almost constantly. For many people it's normal for turmoil to enrage us or cause us anxiety. I learned as a young child that drawing was my sense of order in a tumultuous life. I didn't feel like I could direct my life beyond the lined notebook paper I was drawing on, but with my hands, I was able to put thought into a totally new creation. Being able to control something-- if only a piece of paper in a terrible world-- gave my life order and direction. This meditative concentration from art is something I know very well, and hold very close to who I am. I am a rage artist, based in molding disorder into art. I want to push beauty into the world with my hands because I want to see beauty in the places I haven't before. That is my principle, to turn negativity and chaos into something that could carry meaning and strike inspiration in others. It is recycling at its most emotional and soulful.
I am also irony, as is my art. I'm the head of the digital art movement, but I travel to lumber yards to hand select the wood for my frames. There's a certain irony in the technological fast pace of my work compared to the process for framing. My habits in art reflect a higher concept in society that we see every day. Digital art and showing the potential of this new medium rests in the middle of a totally handmade frame inspired by nature. I need to take this duality and irony between the digital world, and the natural world, to it’s absolute limit. So I make frames to represent nature, while holding the stark opposite, digital art, to show the change in humanity and societal evolution we see every day. The natural world is on the outside of our daily perspective-- the frame-- while the forefront of our mind is in new digital world-- digital art. It is a duality that represents who we are as people in this time.
Digital art is a new frontier. This medium and its capabilities are vaguely understood. My first series illustrates animals from different perspectives, varying from the societal view of the animal to the animal's outlook. The purpose of this series is to build pieces that encourage the viewer to look past the pretty pictures we're so often presented, and instead see from the perspective of the animals themselves. Art always has the effect of seeing from someone else's side of the story. I want to give animals the chance to have a voice.
Liam Garrett was born in Harrogate, England on November 28th, 1996. He moved to the United States in 2001 and was raised in Crofton, Maryland.
Starting his college education at Howard Community College (HCC) in 2016-2018, Garrett worked as the head graphic designer in the Ellicott City Recovery Project, garnering an HCC Certificate of Appreciation and a feature in the HCC Portfolio Seminar Exhibition. Additionally, he received a feature in the Baltimore Sun for this work. Within his first year at the college, Garrett was awarded the 2016 HCC Entrepreneurial Celebration Pinnacle Pitch People's Choice Award.
In 2019, Garrett began at the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a bang by selling his artwork in the university bookstore. Following his premiere, the university newspaper The Retriever wrote an article on Garrett's work. Garrett went on to secure a spot in the CMYK Magazine's 2019 Top 100 New Creatives. Continuing to create within his Digital Art Movement, Garrett presented alongside fellow students in the 2020 URCAD Student Research show. Garrett returned to HCC in 2020 as a judge for the 2019 HCC Entrepreneurial Celebration Pinnacle Pitch.
Garrett's prints are sold in two sizes, regular at 24 x 24 which goes for $199.99, and large at 32 x 32 which goes for $399.99. Regular sizes are printed in CMYK on thick matte paper, while large sizes are available in ten different colors. Every print is framed in hand crafted wood similar to types used in guitar making, such as birds eye maple and tiger maple. Frames are custom dyed in any color imaginable. Garrett hopes to begin using epoxy treatments on these frames in the future.
Liam Garrett is the head of the Digital Art Movement as a digital artist who makes art representing the ideas of this generation through a medium synchronous with this generation. The Digital Art Movement by Liam Garrett has raised over $500 towards the World Wildlife Organization. 15% of all DAM profit is donated to protecting endangered species.
Represented by Jozi Kozak, an independent manager, Liam Garrett does not have formal gallery representation at this time.