Works in the database
1,931
Works with images
691
Works with multiple sales
266

Past Sales

Giant Gums & Township
A Mountain Archway
Green & Grey

Sales by Medium

Prints & Graphics
Sold 832 works for
$1,572,282
Works on Paper
Sold 473 works for
$1,028,226
Paintings
Sold 86 works for
$136,873

Where to buy or sell art works by Tom Garrett

Auction Houses

Leonard Joel
Sold 745 works for
$1,576,648
Sotheby's
Sold 106 works for
$276,090
Christies
Sold 87 works for
$229,678

Tom Garrett was born in Hobart in 1879. He studied at Hutchins School, Hobart and moved to Melbourne in 1900 and read for Holy Orders with the Anglican Church until about 1929 when he became a professional painter. He produced large numbers of small jewel-like blue and green monotypes that recalled often the romantic watercolours of J. J. Hilder, whose work Garrett greatly admired. He exhibited with the Royal Art Society of NSW, and at various group exhibitions, but mainly his work became known through his exhibitions in various cities, notably in Melbourne.

Tom Garrett is one of the most prolific of the artists listed in our database, with the number of works offered for sale by auction since 1969 of 1,931, of which 1,391 (72%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $30,800 for Figures on the Promenade, Manly sold by Christies in April 1987. No works have been offered for sale this year, and the last sale we have recorded for the artist was in 2023. Works by Tom Garrett are held by the Queensland Art Gallery, Art Gallery of NSW and a further six major public national galleries (see list below).

Tom Garrett is listed in the following standard biographical references:

  • McCulloch, Alan McCulloch, Susan McCulloch, Emily McCulloch-Childs. The New McCulloch's Encyclopedia of Australian Art. 4th Edition, Aus Art Melbourne & The Miegunyah Press, 2006. Page 452
  • Campbell, Jean. Australian Watercolour Painters: 1780 to the Present Day. Craftsman House, Sydney, 1989. Page 313
  • The Find New Zealand Artists web site: a database of artist names that directs researchers to the rich resources found in New Zealand's libraries, art society exhibition histories and published sources.
  • Australian Prints + Printmaking, a database listing printmaking artists from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific region based on the print collection of the National Gallery of Australia.

Artists' Resale Royalty

Could the second and subsequent works by this artist sold after June 9, 2010 for over $1,000 be liable for the Artists' Resale Royalty? More info…

No, ineligible. The artist has been deceased for more than 70 years.

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