BIOGRAPHY

Watts early exhibitions explored urban environments with buildings lit by the richly tinted light of the fading sun and deep afternoon shadows falling across the facades, predominantly featuring Italian street scenes. In subsequent exhibitions the focus moved to contemporary structures, mostly in Melbourne. As always the emphasis remains on the light and shadow playing across the field of view.

A second studio in the country prompted a series of Australian landscape paintings. Many of these works depict a nearby State Park before the 2010 bush fires passed through and again about six months laster when the green re-growth had begun in the burnt out areas,

Exhibiting since 2002, with first solo painting exhibition in 2005, followed by numerous solo exhibitions in both Melbourne and Sydney. Works encompass urban and rural landscapes as well as portraits and the occasional still life.

Currently represented by METRO GALLERY
1214 High Street Armadale, Melbourne

Watts early exhibitions explored urban environments with buildings lit by the richly tinted light of the fading sun and deep afternoon shadows falling across the facades, predominantly featuring Italian street scenes. In subsequent exhibitions the focus moved to contemporary structures, mostly in Melbourne. As always the emphasis remains on the light and shadow playing across the field of view.

A second studio in the country prompted a series of Australian landscape paintings. Many of these works depict a nearby State Park before the 2010 bush fires passed through and again about six months laster when the green re-growth had begun in the burnt out areas,

Exhibiting since 2002, with first solo painting exhibition in 2005, followed by numerous solo exhibitions in both Melbourne and Sydney. Works encompass urban and rural landscapes as well as portraits and the occasional still life.

Currently represented by METRO GALLERY
1214 High Street Armadale, Melbourne

CURRICULUM VITAE

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 1985 Bachelor of Building (Hons), The University of Melbourne
  • 1995 Master of Building (Research), The University of Melbourne

ART PRACTICE

  • 1980’s Designed, built and exhibited contemporary furniture in Memphis style.
  • Commencing 1998 began painting. Medium – Acrylic on stretched cotton or linen canvas.

PRIZES

  • 2017 Winner: People’s Choice Award, for Mt Buangor #9, Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2017, Caloundra Regional Gallery, QLD
  • 2016 Winner Popular Choice Award, ‘Albany Art Prize’ , Albany, WA
  • 2014 Winner, ‘Black Swan Prize for Heritage 2014’
    Joint exhibition 9-19 October, 125 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA

SOLO EXHIBITIONS 

  • 2016   ‘From Out of the Trees’  –  Metro Gallery, High Street, Armadale, Melbourne, Vic.
  • 2015  Harvison Gallery, 195 Brisbane St, Perth, WA, December 2015.
  • 2015  ‘Three Years’ The Lyceum Club, Ridgeway Place, Melbourne, Vic
  • 2011  ‘Exploring subject, size and scale’ The Lyceum Club, Ridgway Place, Melbourne, Vic.
  • 2009  ‘Modern Melbourne’ Red Cube Gallery, Malvern Road, Malvern, Vic.
  • 2008  ‘Melbourne Scenes’ at Lyceum Club, Ridgway Place, Melbourne, Vic.
  • 2007  ‘Another Day’ , Paddington Contemporary Gallery, Glenmore Rd, Paddington, NSW
  • 2006  ‘Cinque’ at Lynne Wilton Gallery, High St, Armadale, Vic.
  • 2005  ‘Shades of Italy’ at Lynne Wilton Gallery, High St, Armadale, Vic.

JOINT EXHIBITIONS

  • 2018 Selected, Portrait of ‘Mimm Bartlett’ Hidden Faces, Victorian Refusès Exhibition
  • 2018 Selected, Portrait of ‘Tony Gooch’ Hidden Faces, Victorian Refusès Exhibition
  • 2018 Selected “Night’s Vision” Bay of Fires Art Prize, St Helens, Tasmania.

 

  • 2017 Selected,  Portrait  of ‘Professor Malcolm Hopwood’ Hidden Faces, Victorian Refusès Exhibition.
  • 2017 Selected,  Portrait  of ‘Dr Tovey’ Hidden Faces, Victorian Refusès Exhibition.
  • 2017 Finalist,   ‘Mt Buangor #9’ Sunshine Coast Art Prize’, Coloundra Art Gallery, QLD, 17 Aug – 8 Oct
  • 2017 Finalist,   ‘Tree #7 Hepburn Regional Park’ Lloyd Rees Art Prize’, Colville Gallery, Hobart, TAS
  • 2017 Finalist   ‘Mt Cole Forest #3’ Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize’ Brighton, Victoria, 6 May-18 June

 

  • 2016 Semi-Finalist, Doug Moran Portrait Prize 2016
  • 2016 Finalist, ‘Heroes’, Albany Art Prize Albany, WA, Sept 3 – Oct 16, 2016
  • 2016 Selected, Portrait of ‘Jane Tovey’ Hidden Faces Portrait Refusès Exhibition, August 8-Oct 6, 2016

 

  • 2015 Joint exhibition, ‘Landscapes and Life’, 20 Sept – 12 Oct, Metro Gallery, High St Armadale, Vic.
  • 2015 Selected, Portrait of ‘Frank Cox AOM’ Hidden Faces of the Archibald, Victorian Refusès Exhibition.
  • 2015 Selected, Portrait of ‘David Ohaion’ Hidden Faces of the Archibald, Victorian Refusès Exhibition.
  • 2015 Finalist, ‘Calleen Art Award’ , 3May-14 June 2015, Cowra Regional Art Gallery, Cowra, NSW.
  • 2015 Finalist, ’43rd Muswellbrook Art Prize’ Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, NSW.

 

  • 2014 Finalist, ‘Black Swan Swan Prize for Heritage’ 9-19 October, 137 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA.
  • 2014 Finalist, ‘Black Swan Swan Prize for Portraiture’ 9-19 October, 137 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA.
  • 2014 by invitation, Tattersalls Club Landscape Prize, Joint exhibition, Brisbane, Qld.
  • 2014 Selected, Portrait of ‘Dr Gregory Lyon’, Hidden Faces of the Archibald 2014, Victorian Refusès Exhibition. 2013 Finalist, ‘Portia Geach Memorial Award’ with a self-portrait, SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW.

 

  • 2013 by invitation, Tattersalls Club Landscape Prize, Joint exhibition, Waterfront Place, Brisbane, Qld.
  • 2013 Selected, self-portrait in a London Cab, Hidden Faces of the Archibald, Victorian Refusès Exhibition.
  • 2013 Selected, Joint exhibition, Salon des Refusès (landscape), SH Ervin Gallery, The Rocks, Sydney, NSW. 2013 Semi-finalist, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, London, UK.

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  • 2012 Joint exhibition, Arte Contempo Gallery, 8 Ross Street, South Melbourne, Vic.
  • 2012 Finalist, ‘Albany Art Prize’ Albany, WA
  • 2012 Selected, Portrait of ‘Jeremy Bonwick’ Hidden Faces of the Archibald, Victorian Refusès Exhibition.

 

  • 2011 Finalist, ‘Portia Geach Memorial Award’ portrait of ‘Senex – Jack Watts’ SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW. 2010 Finalist, ‘Paddington Art Prize’ Exhibition, Sydney, NSW.

 

  • 2010 Finalist, ‘Portia Geach Memorial Award’ with portrait of ‘Jesse Spencer, SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2010 Selected, Portrait of ‘Jesse Spencer, Christmas 2009’ Hidden Faces of the Archibald, Victorian Refusès 2009 Joint exhibition, ‘Footy in a frame’, Red Cube Gallery, Malvern Rd, Malvern, Vic.

 

  • 2009 Selected, Portrait of John Elliott, ‘How Far?’ Hidden Faces of the Archibald, Victorian Refusès Exhibition.
  • 2008 Joint exhibition, ‘Beyond the tea tree’ , Red Cube Gallery, Malvern Rd, Malvern, Vic.
  • 2007 Finalist, ‘Portia Geach Memorial Award’ Sally-Anne Russell as Cherubino, S H Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2007 Joint exhibition, ‘Italian Festival’ Paddington Contemporary Gallery, Glenmore Rd, Paddington, NSW.
  • 2005 Joint exhibition, ‘Art for Hearts’ at Lynne Wilton Gallery, High St, Armadale, Vic.
  • 2004 Selected, Portrait of ‘Paul MacNamee’Hidden Faces of the Archibald’ , Victorian Refusès Exhibition.
  • 2002 Finalist, Joint exhibition, ‘Sallys Paddock’ George Hotel, St Kilda, Vic.

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