Bio

Born in Sunderland in 1962, Gavin Watson lives and works in rural Northumberland. Informed by the rich visual culture of the region, his paintings explore the relationships forged between humans and animals, and the internal and external worlds they share. The narratives within Gavin’s work are multi-layered and playfully reference a diverse range of sources, from literature and art history to popular culture and contemporary issues.. All of these elements are constantly at play, resulting in mildly surreal paintings which hint at a larger narrative beyond the dreamlike scenes they represent.
Gavin has exhibited his work in New York, with Cricket Hill Associates Gallery and has regularly been selected for the BP National Portrait award. He is currently represented in London by the Jonathan Cooper, Park Walk Gallery and the Brian Sinfield gallery in Burford.

Awards

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Exhibitions

  • 2021 New Light Art Prize (Touring Show), Scarborough Art Gallery, Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Carlisle, Biscuit Factory, Newcastle, Bankside Gallery London
  • 2021 Protect & Survive, Gallagher & Turner Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • 2020 The Sunny Art Prize (Touring Show), Sunny Art Centre London, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou
  • 2020 Man's Best Friend, The Brian Sinfield Gallery, Burford
  • 2018 New Year, New Art, Jonathan Cooper Park Walk Gallery, London
  • 2018 Columbia Threadneedle Prize , The Mall Galleries, London
  • 2018 New Light Art Prize (Touring Show), Bowes Museum, Huddersfield Art Gallery, Bankside Gallery London & The Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Carlisle
  • 2018 Jonathan Cooper 30 Years Exhibition, Jonathan Cooper Park Walk Gallery, London
  • 2017 'Home Alone' One Man Show, Jonathan Cooper Park Walk Gallery, London
  • 2017 BADA Art Fair , London
  • 2017 Battersea Decorative Art Fair, London
  • 2016 New Year, New Art, Jonathan Cooper Park Walk Gallery, London
  • 2015 'Flock & Stock' One Man Show , Jonathan Cooper Park Walk Gallery, London
  • 2015 Beast-Equine, Bovine & More, John Davis Gallery, Morton-in-Marsh
  • 2014 New Contemporaries, Jonathan Cooper Park Walk Gallery, London
  • 2002 'Body' One Man show at Cricket Hill Gallery, New York, USA
  • 2001 BP Portrait Award, The National Portrait Gallery, London
  • 1999 'Soul' One Man Show at Cricket Hill Gallery , New York, USA
  • 1997 'The Messenger' at Paul Smith, New York, 5th Ave
  • 1997 BP Portrait Award, The National Portrait Gallery, London
  • 1995 BP Portrait Award, The National Portrait Gallery, London
  • 1995 Four Artist's from Sunderland, Grey's Art Gallery, Hartlepool
  • 1992 Artists at the Bunker, Middlesborough Art Gallery
  • 1991 BP Portrait Award , The National Portrait Gallery, London
  • 1989 Sunderland Artists Group show, The Northern Centre for Contemporary Art
  • 1988 Sunderland Artists Group show, Sunderland museum & Art Gallery

Education

  • 1986 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Sunderland Polytechnic
  • 1982 HND Illustration, Harrow Art College

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