visual artist

About/CV

Artist CV

'This land like a mirror turns you inward' - (Excerpt, Dark pines under water, Gwendolyn Macewan, 1972)

B. 1988, Queenstown, New Zealand.

Watson’s drawing and sculptures are dark voids, teetering between terror and awe.
Since practicing in Melbourne, Watson’s primary method of working has been in non-objective drawing, highlighting abstraction as a language for 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 landscapes 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. 

Solo Exhibitions

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, Melbour
         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 NZ
2012 Out of Place - Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch

Collections
University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ
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
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 NZ

Curation
Forthcoming in 2018: 
Vis à Vis -
Five Walls, Melbourne
Pink Frost - Tinning St Presents, Melbourne

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

Print/Online
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