24 Cork Street
Born in Huelva, Spain in 1971, Garrido was educated at the University of Seville. It was after graduating that Garrido often found himself drawn to exploring cities. The technological marvels and the diversity within these vibrant places fascinated him. He has been inspired by â€˜urbanâ€™ American artists, such as Edward Hopper and Richard Estes, and was drawn especially to the charms of New York which provides a backdrop to much of his work. Garridoâ€™s interest in the cityâ€™s infrastructure can be seen in all his works, from the busy â€˜highway scenesâ€™ to the â€˜panoramic viewsâ€™ taken from tall buildings.
The way he builds up the oils, layer upon layer of often quite dry paint â€˜draggedâ€™ across the surface creates a textured finish. A few well chosen marks translate into a passing car, or touches of colour hint at a traffic light. In many works there is a sense of a continuing motion with Garridoâ€™s trademark and vibrant brushstrokes. His palette of cool, soft tones conveys a â€˜Turneresqueâ€™ atmosphere to his subject.
Garrido currently lives in Spain and continues to paint depictions of these living breathing cities. For this show, his first in London he has painted several street scenes and views of the Thames, but there are also views of American cities such as New York and Chicago and scenes from his native Spain, including Seville.