Image top: 'North Rona' by Alan Watson (c)1992
Alan Watson created powerful artistic work. A Scottish artist descended from an East Neuk of Fife fishing and sea faring community much of his work comes from his connection with his sea faring ancestors, all gifted story tellers, as was Watson.
Trained at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee, Watson's work is included in many public collections including the City Art Centre, Edinburgh; Fife Council; Glasgow Museums and Galleries; McManus Gallery and Museum, Dundee; The Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther; The Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvive; The University's of Dundee, Stirling and Cambridge. His work is included in many private collections in the UK, USA, Russia and Chile. He created a series of drawings to illustrate George MacKay Brown's tale 'The Sea Kings Daughter'.
He had many solo and group exhibitions with 369 Gallery, Edinburgh. He also exhibited with The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, and The Crawford Centre, St Andrews. 369 Gallery toured his work throughout the UK, took his work to art fairs in the USA and China. Watson participated in the official art exchange and exhibitions Moscow and Edinburgh in 1989 and again in 1991 along with Caroline McNairn and Fionna Carlisle.
Alan Watson's most recent major solo retrospective exhibition was of his 'Navigatio' series of drawings in 2017 at The Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther, both their exhibition space and the Zulu Gallery. The largest works from this series were included in '369 Remembered' at Summerhall 2019. There were two memorial retrospective shows of his work 'Living by the Tide...' at Summerhall Arts Centre, Edinburgh, and Homecoming...' Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee.