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Hong Kong-based artist Zheng Bo's social, ecological, and community-engaged art practice has, in recent years, focused on moving beyond a human-centred perspective to an all-inclusive, multi-species approach. He takes up marginalised plants and communities of people as subjects in his large-scale interventions, which reintroduce wildness into...

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Alison Watt

b. 1965, United Kingdom

Widely regarded as one of the leading painters working in the UK today, Alison Watt first came to public attention in 1987 when she won the National Portrait Gallery's coveted annual award while still a student at Glasgow School of Art. Subsequently she became well known for her paintings of figures, often female nudes.

In 1997 Watt's exhibition Fold at Edinburgh's Fruitmarket Gallery marked a turning point in her work by introducing fabric alongside these figures. This was followed by Shift, a major solo exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in 2000, which saw Watt move away from the figure and display a series of twelve large paintings depicting swathes of fabric. The absence of the human figure marked an important shift in her work. However, rather than completely abandoning the figure Watt's new paintings evoked the human body in its absence. In 2006–08 Watt undertook a prestigious residency as Associate Artist at The National Gallery in London. This culminated in the landmark solo exhibition Phantom at the National Gallery in 2008. Watt was awarded an OBE in the same year.

In 2014, as part of the GENERATION programme of exhibitions, a retrospective exhibition of Watt's paintings was held at Perth Museum and Art Gallery, and a solo display was presented at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh.

Watt's exquisitely painted canvases continue to negotiate a position close to abstraction yet are firmly rooted in her studies of drapery, light, the human form and old master paintings and sculpture.

Alison Watt's work has been widely exhibited and is held in many important public and private collections. Important recent exhibitions include Reality: Modern & Contemporary British Painting at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich and Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (2014–15) and Autoriatratto, Uffizi Gallery (2010). Watt's work is included in many important collections including the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, Southampton City Art Gallery, the British Council Collection, London and the Uffizi in Florence.

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Featured Artworks

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Dolphin by Alison Watt contemporary artwork Alison WattDolphin, 2018 Oil on canvas
61 x 61 cm
Parafin
Volute by Alison Watt contemporary artwork Alison WattVolute, 2018 Oil on canvas
152.4 x 152.4 cm
Parafin
Letter by Alison Watt contemporary artwork Alison WattLetter, 2018 Oil on canvas
30.5 x 30.5 cm
Parafin
Feather by Alison Watt contemporary artwork Alison WattFeather, 2018 Oil on canvas
30.5 x 30.5 cm
Parafin
Easter by Alison Watt contemporary artwork Alison WattEaster, 2018 Oil on canvas
30.5 x 30.5 cm
Parafin
Columba by Alison Watt contemporary artwork Alison WattColumba, 2018 Oil on canvas
30.5 x 30.5 cm
Parafin
Reversed Canvas by Alison Watt contemporary artwork Alison WattReversed Canvas, 2017 Oil on canvas
152.4 x 152.4 cm
Parafin
Quarto by Alison Watt contemporary artwork Alison WattQuarto, 2017 Oil on canvas
152.4 x 152.4 cm
Parafin

Current & Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Alison Watt, A Shadow on the Blind at Parafin, London
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24 May–13 July 2019 Alison Watt A Shadow on the Blind Parafin, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Alison Watt, The Sun Never Knew How Wonderful It Was at Parafin, London
Closed
17 March–7 May 2016 Alison Watt The Sun Never Knew How Wonderful It Was Parafin, London

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Alison Watt's Beautiful Meditations on Fabric Related Press Alison Watt's Beautiful Meditations on Fabric AnOther : 24 March 2016

For as long as she can remember, Scottish artist Alison Watt has had two enduring obsessions: paint and drapery. She was introduced to the former as a young girl by her father, also a painter, and hasn't looked back since. "I feel very passionately about paint as a medium because I think it's unique," she tells AnOther.

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In Related Video

THE ESSAY with Alison Watt Related Video & Audio THE ESSAY with Alison Watt BBC Radio 3 : 26 October 2012

One of a series of five fifteen minute essays written and delivered by five artists either born or based in Scotland. This series of THE ESSAY demonstrates how we are continually challenged and delighted by artists working today giving an insight into what lies at the heart of contemporary artistic practice, revealing some of the elements that...

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ARTIST TALK - Alison Watt Related Video & Audio ARTIST TALK - Alison Watt Ingleby Gallery : 3 February 2012

Alison Watt in conversations with Colin Wiggins (curator, National Gallery, London) at Ingleby Gallery.

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