- Sea sign, Long Pointer Pier timbers from Pocra Quay, Aberdeen, 1981, 520x250x225 cm Photograph © Andy Dewar
- Northing and Easting Four woodcuts, two series of screenprints, crate with forty-eight printed slates, wooden boat frame and copper speaking trumpet with sung soundtrack, with painted wall and text. Photograph © Chris Park
- Across the Sea Screen printed vinyl jackets, on wooden structures with steel fittings & rope, 1990, Venice Biennale, 1230x480x450 cm Photograph © Scottish Sculpture Trust
- Singing for Dead Singers Painted steel, beech and blockboard with vintage Alvar Aalto stools, CD players & sound tracks, 2000, 550x900x400cm (variable in size and form). Photograph © Stuart Johnstone
- Studio: Gray Scale (detail) Woodblock prints, plywood, hard & soft woods, blankets, cast type metal and wall painting, 1996-2012 Photograph © Chris Park
PPRSA, HRA, HRHA
- Born : 1951
- Associate Elected : 19/03/1986
- Academician Elected : 25/05/2005
Arthur Watson PPRSA has been a presiding voice in Scottish contemporary art for the best part of half a century, providing impetus for a host of artist-led organisations and projects.
Watson studied Printmaking and Printed Textiles at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen. In 1974 he founded Peacock Printmakers, an artists’ print workshop, publisher and gallery, collaborating directly with over 100 artists and leading many international projects. Watson was also a founding board member of both the Scottish Sculpture Workshop and the 369 Gallery. In 1990 he represented Scotland at the Venice Biennale and 1995 Watson was appointed Course Director of the Master of Fine Arts programme at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee, before becoming Head of Graduate Studies in Fine Art in 2000. He established the Centre of Artists Books and Fine Art publishing at the Visual Research Centre with projects including the Great Book of Gaelic for the Gaelic Arts Agency and Voices of Scotland for the Scottish Executive. Watson was President of the Royal Scottish Academy from 2012 to 2018.
Arthur Watson PPRSA: An engagement with ephemeral elements within Scottish culture continues to inform my work as an artist. Language and song, orally transmitted, landscape constantly changing in light and weather or processes, described but rarely seen, all have relevance. I am consistantly challenged in embedding this content within contemporary artworks whether in print, installation or performance. This internal debate is conducted within the pages of an extended series of sketchbooks, which also guide seemingly endless reworkings, as new elements are added while original parts are modified or discarded. Each work building its own history.