Born in Wigan, Lancaster, Garnier was educated at Charterhouse School and originally trained as an engineer. He worked in engineering and technical drawing in Toronto before prospecting for gold in the Yukon.
After studying at Herkomer's school, Bushey (1910) he moved to Newlyn in 1912, studying further under Stanhope FORBES. In 1914 he shared a studio with Richard 'Seal' WEATHERBY at Trewarveneth Farm in Newlyn. Medically discharged from the Army in WWI, he joined the Royal Navy in 1916 and served as a Lieutenant. Throughout the War he kept his Orchard Cottage studio in Newlyn, and subsequently lived there to his death in 1970.
In 1917 he married his cousin Jill BLYTHE (or BLYTH), who was a fellow artist at FORBES SCHOOL. A strong supporter of the Society of Graphic Artists and the Royal West of England Academy, he was better known as an engraver, excelling in aquatints. Alerted to in the latter techniques due to a study of the work of William DANIELL RA, he took this on as his artistic mission in life in addition to the line engravings made direct to copper plate, which formed the basis for the aquatint production.
He was a long-time member of both NAG and STISA, and his writings included several short stories and a novel Bargasoles (1936). During WW II, he worked with the local Home Guard and the local Army Cadet Corps.
Etcher, engraver and painter; writer - all of which he equated to 'Craftsman'
works and access
Works include: Lamorna Cove, Newlyn Fishmarket (both at Penlee House. Penzance); The End of the Chase
Access to work: Penlee House, Penzance; Accrington; Oldham; Preston; Royal Collection
RA; RSA; RWA; SGA; BIR; GI LI; RBA; SPP
misc further info
Personal Bibliography Berriman (1986) 'Paintings and etchings-aquatints by Geoffrey & Jill Garnier' [in] Arts and Crafts in Newlyn; Branfield (2010) Geoffrey and Jill Garnier, A Marriage of the Arts (bibl & col pl illus);
Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall;
Holmes(1993) An Artistic Tradition;
Johnson & Greutzner (1975) Dictionary of British Artists;
Newton et al (2005) Painting at the Edge;
Tovey (2000) GF Bradshaw & STISA (ppendix 3: Principal Members of STISA 1927-1960)
Tovey (2003) Creating a Splash;
Wallace (2002) Under the Open Sky
The Lamorna Society
Cornishman 7 Jul 1926, 8 Dec 1926, 12 Jul 1928
Hardie (1995)100 Years in Newlyn: Diary of a Gallery;