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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; where distorted geographies and obscured figures stand in for the unconscious and its volatile role in informing narratives of 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.

Solo Exhibitions

2018 All our secrets are the same - Bundoora Homestead, Melbourne (forthcoming)
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  Counihan Comemmorative 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 (Forthcoming)
2016 Mountain Seas Artist in Residence, 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 and contaminating the fantastical wilderness. Review of Ara Dolatian. Crowther Contemporary, Melbourne

Curation

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 June 2017
Francis, Hannah. The Brunswick Studio Walk: Behind the Scenes with Melbourne's Makers. The Age & SMH, 23 Feb 2017
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 May 2012, p18
Milburn, Felicity. 'Rolling Maul', B.167 (Bulletin) Autumn, March-May 2012
Roleston, Cameron. 'Place of Return', City Art Depot Workshop, June 2017

 

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