Andrew Watson graduated with a BA Fine Art from the University of Newcastle in 2019.
Watson thinks of his paintings as expressions of wonder: for life, the everyday and routine. They are improvisational works in which ordinary activities are used to reveal the simple beauty and vibrancy of the world. Often referencing places of work, his images explore the varying relationships between narrative and prosaic tasks. Having engaged subjects as diverse as a building site, a butcher’s and a fruit stall, his work reproduces busy and colourful scenes, arranging them into new conceptually layered images. The subject matter of each painting determines the types of paints used and the styles employed. His depictions are both figurative and abstract, inviting the viewer to look into a space, and create a narrative for themselves. The work of Jack.B Yeats, Oskar Kokoschka, and Jackson Pollock are crucial influences to Andrew’s paintings.
Group exhibitions include Figurative Art, New Graduates Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, 2020; Recent Graduates Exhibition, Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London, 2020; Final Year Degree Show, Hatton Gallery. Newcastle, 2019; Final Year Degree Show, Copeland Gallery, London, 2019; Annual Royal Institute of Oil Painters Exhibition, Mall Galleries, 2018.
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