JillGeorgeGallery is delighted to announce Tomas Watson’s
exhibition for November - December 2006.This show will present a selection of monoprints and etchings
in his Greek studio following a four month visit to India earlier in the year.
since a brief period of experimental printmaking as a student at the
the early 1990s, Watson has wanted to further explore the medium.The purchase of a printing press in Italy earlier this year has finally enabled him to
this ambition.His paintings and
drawings resonate with the wonder of the human form, and these new
continue his fascination with bodily representation.Sensual
and intimate, they successfully
translate his consummate mastery of form and line.
regards printmaking as a means to enhancing his expert drawing.His etchings render the initial drawings so
faithfully that it is often difficult to differentiate between the two.Enriching the speed and confidence of his
work, the artist has mastered the skills necessary to produce images as
dignified and beautiful as his painting.The fluid lines and contrasting tones evoke comparisons with a
range of art historical antecedents from Pontormo and Guercino to
timeless elegance and universal appeal of Tomas Watson’s work makes it
desirable and highly collectable. Still affordable – with prices
low as £300 – this exhibition contains works that will make perfect and
gifts. All works will be available for Christmas.
in the exhibition are haunting images from the artist’s travels in India:the fishermen
returning carrying their nets above their heads, the solitude of a boat
moonlight, a tea-seller in Kerala, and the historic city of Varanasi.
the human body retains a central importance in Tomas Watson’s work –
and he continues
to portray it in a way most artists cannot hope to emulate - these
an exceptionally skilled draughtsman in full control of the medium
the subtle balance between figuration and abstraction.
Watson was born in Sussex in 1971 and studied at HuddersfieldTechnicalCollege (1989-90) and the Slade School of Fine Art
(1990-94), with a course in Anatomy for Artists at UniversityCollege, London (1993-94). He has exhibited with JillGeorgeGallery since 1998, and this will be his fifth solo
exhibition at the gallery.
work has been exhibited in Britain, Greece, Canada and the USA, and is represented in numerous
international public and private collections.He
has taken part in the BP National Portrait Competition in 1997 and
again in 1998 when he was awarded First Prize.In
2001 the National Portrait Gallery commissioned him to paint author
The Private View of ‘Tomas Watson: Works on
Paper’ will be at JillGeorgeGallery, Lexington Street, Soho on Monday 27 November from .
JillGeorgeGallery began by exhibiting the work of recent
graduates and new artists and now shows selected painting and sculpture
from a roster of international artists.