Image top: 'North Rona' by Alan Watson (c)1992
Alan Watson, a Scottish artist descended from an East Neuk of Fife fishing and sea faring community created powerful artistic work exploring a range of themes. Much of his work comes from his connection with his sea faring ancestors, all gifted story tellers as was Alan.
A graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Alan Watson died earlier this year following a short illness. His work is included in many public collections including the City Art Centre, Edinburgh; Glasgow Museums and Galleries; Fife Council; The Scottish Fisheries Museum; The Scottish Maritime Museum; McManus Gallery and Museum, Dundee; University's of Dundee, Stirling and Cambridge. He has work in many private collections in the UK, also USA, Russia and Chile. He created a series of drawings to illustrate George Mackay Brown's tale 'The Sea Kings Daughter'.
Alan had many solo and group exhibitions with 369 Gallery, Edinburgh, but also showed with The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh and Crawford Centre, St Andrews. 369 Gallery toured his work throughout the UK. They took his work to art fairs in the USA and China. Alan participated in the official art exchange and exhibitions Moscow and Edinburgh in 1989 and again in 1991 along with Caroline McNairn and Fionna Carlisle.
His 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 earlier this year. There have been two memorial retrospective shows of his work 'Living by the Tide...' at Summerhall Arts Centre, Edinburgh, opened April 2019 and continued to June 2019 and 'Homecoming...', Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee, September to October 2019.