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Works on paper

Monoprints and etchings







Jill George Gallery is delighted to announce Tomas Watson’s latest solo exhibition for November - December 2006.  This show will present a selection of monoprints and etchings produced in his Greek studio following a four month visit to India earlier in the year.


Ever since a brief period of experimental printmaking as a student at the Slade in 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 pursue this ambition.  His paintings and drawings resonate with the wonder of the human form, and these new works continue his fascination with bodily representation.  Sensual and intimate, they successfully translate his consummate mastery of form and line.


Watson 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 wide range of art historical antecedents from Pontormo and Guercino to Whistler and Seurat.   


The timeless elegance and universal appeal of Tomas Watson’s work makes it both desirable and highly collectable. Still affordable – with prices starting as low as £300 – this exhibition contains works that will make perfect and unique gifts. All works will be available for Christmas.


Included 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 in the moonlight, a tea-seller in Kerala, and the historic city of Varanasi.


Whilst 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 prints reveal an exceptionally skilled draughtsman in full control of the medium exploring the subtle balance between figuration and abstraction.





Notes for Editors


  • Tomas Watson was born in Sussex in 1971 and studied at Huddersfield Technical College (1989-90) and the Slade School of Fine Art (1990-94), with a course in Anatomy for Artists at University College, London (1993-94). He has exhibited with Jill George Gallery since 1998, and this will be his fifth solo exhibition at the gallery.
  • Watson’s 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 John Fowles.
  • The Private View of ‘Tomas Watson: Works on Paper’ will be at Jill George Gallery, Lexington Street, Soho on Monday 27 November from 6-8.30pm.
  • Jill George Gallery began by exhibiting the work of recent graduates and new artists and now shows selected painting and sculpture from a roster of international artists. 


If you require any further information or images please contact Jill George Gallery on 020 7439 7319 or email  


Jill George Gallery is open weekdays 10am - 6pm, Saturdays 11am - 5pm,  Thursdays until 8pm.  

Jill George Gallery

Jill George Gallery

38 Lexington Street


London W1F 0LL


Tel 0207 439 7319