About

Artist CV

B. 1988, Queenstown, New Zealand.

Since practising in Melbourne, Watson’s primary method of working has been drawing, particularly as a means  of relaying the internal and unspeakable. Monochromatic materials, chosen for their sublime but historical qualities, draw the viewer into a space that is seductive but psychologically charged. Distorted geographies of quiet historical or cultural significance stand in for the unconscious; both socially and it’s role in forming the self.
Graduating from the University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand) in 2011 with a BFA in Sculpture, Watson is now based in Melbourne, Australia.

Watson's Arts Admin background can be seen here.

Watson is the curator & gallery manager for Tinning Street Presents

Solo Exhibitions

2019 The Small Hours – City Art Depot, Christchurch
2018 All Our Secrets are the Same - Bundoora Homestead, Melbourne
2017 Place of Return - City Art Depot, Christchurch
2016 Disquiet - Five Walls Projects, Melbourne
2015 Shadowside - Trocadero Art Space, Melbourne
2014 Quiver - GAFFA, Sydney
2012 Other Rooms - Chambers 241 Gallery, Christchurch
2011 Explication - SoFA Casting Room, Christchurch
        Exurbia - 183 Milton Street, Christchurch

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017  As Above, So Below - Counihan Gallery, Melbourne
2016  Element - The Alderman, Melbourne
         Drawing to an End - MARS Gallery, Melbourne
         Wonky - Tinning St Presents, Melbourne
         Laissez-faire - Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
2014  Converging Lines - Chambers 241 Gallery, Christchurch
         Mutual Store - Platform Gallery, Melbourne
         Blue Print - Brunswick Arts Space, Melbourne
         Domestos - Tinning Street Presents, Melbourne
2013  Moreland Summer Show - Counihan Gallery, Melbourne
         Public Good - Ramp Gallery, Hamilton
2012  Out of Place - Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch

Collections

University of Canterbury, Christchurch, 
Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu

Prizes/Awards

2017/18  Counihan Commemorative Award (finalist) - Melbourne
2015  Parkin Drawing Prize (finalist)  - Wellington
2014  Incinerator Art Award (finalist) - Melbourne
2012  Select - SoFA Campus Gallery (winner) - Christchurch

Residencies

2019 Arteles Creative Center, Finland
2016 Mountain Seas, Flinders Island, Tasmania

Writing

2017 Scene with a Horse for 'Passenger on a Train' by Noel McKenna, Niagara Galleries Melbourne
Safety in Distance? with Christine McFetridge for HAMSTER Magazine, Physics Room, Christchurch
2018 Narratives-Realities: fictionalising the present & contaminating the fantastical wilderness.
Review of Ara Dolatian, Crowther Contemporary, Melbourne.

Curatorial

2018
Pink Frost - Tinning St Presents, Melbourne
Vis à Vis - Five Walls, Melbourne

Coordination

Chairperson for the Brunswick Studio Walk
Co-coordinator of the Monograph Reading Circle

Press

Blundell, Sally. 'On a Roll', New Zealand Listener. Vol 236, No 3790, pp 42-43
Feeney, Warren 'Converging Lines', Chambers Art Gallery, Nov 2014
Feeney, Warren 'Christchurch Art Map being re-launched with Longest celebration' The Press, 12/6/17
Francis, Hannah. The Brunswick Studio Walk: Behind the Scenes with Melbourne's Makers. The Age & SMH, 23/2/17
Gardiner, Sue. 'Let's Talk about Abstraction' Arts News New Zealand. vol 32, pp 88-93
Holsworth, Mark, Brunswick Studio Walk, Black Mark Art Critic
Jones, Annalee. 'Arts Feature', Canta Magazine. Vol 8, 2/5/12, p18
Milburn, Felicity. 'Rolling Maul', B.167 (Bulletin) Autumn, March-May 2012
Roleston, Cameron. 'Place of Return', City Art Depot Workshop, June 2017