'deckhand' centenary of the battle of the strait of otranto 1917 (c)2017 alan watson all rights reserved

 New Work 'Deckhand'
Litho/Screenprint 50cms x 70cms.
Copyright (c)2017 Alan Watson (b.1957) All Rights Reserved

 

Alan Watson

Welcome to my website.

I am a Scottish artist from Fife and specialise in painting and drawing working in a variety of media. Much of my work is related to my connection with my sea faring ancestors from the East Coast of Scotland. I have created works on a range of themes from landscape to figurative projects depicting Scottish industries including fishing, whaling and St Kilda's bird culture. A selection of this work can be viewed from the links at my Gallery.

I recently completed a series of  drawings, developed over 20 years, in conté and charcoal depicting dramatic scenes inspired by the story of Brendan the Navigators epic journey across the Atlantic in a curragh and John O'Meara's translation of 'The Voyage of St Brendan - Journey to the promised land'. This suite of large scale figurative drawings titled 'The Navigatio' was exhibited earlier this year at the Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther. My portraits of three fishermen titled 'Ancestral Tryptych' can often be viewed at the Zulu Gallery at The Scottish Fisheries Museum and online at Art UK.

Current projects include a new venture for me exploring the complexities of the art of print making at DJCAD print making studio, University of Dundee. The limited edition lithograph/screenprint above depicts an East Neuk of Fife fisherman, my grandfather, who was caught up in the Battle of the Strait of Otranto 1917 and taken prisoner by the Austrians. For more about this story please see my blog.

I hope you enjoy what you see here.