Christine Watson

About Christine

Born in Southsea, Hants, Christine Watson studied at Winchester School of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art. She was recipient of the EA Abbey Award in Painting with a residency at the British School at Rome in 1995. Her work is held in private collections in Europe, America, Australia and the Far East and in public collections including the V&A in London, Peterborough City Art Gallery and the National Print Archive at Scarborough Art Gallery. She is a lecturer at Barnet Southgate College and teaches private classes in Muswell Hill and Barnet. She is author of ‘Art Therapy’, published by Arcturus in 2017. Christine was elected a member of the National Association of Acrylic Painters (NAPA) in 2017, and is a member of the Printmakers Council.


My Work


Christine Watson’s paintings. pastels and prints seek out the essential qualities of the island towns of the Mediterranean and most currently the mountains villages and towns of North Africa, revealing the richness of spaces and surfaces without sentiment or nostalgia. Steps and stairways, walls and roofs, windows and doors, streets and alleyways – the fabric of habitation – are revealed as they are, aged by wear and weather. Watson’s current work explores the abstract qualities of these spaces, their light and shade, their texture and colour. She often depicts people as they go about their daily lives – in the markets, chatting in the streets, ascending steps, riding motorbikes. Yet in some works the people have abandoned the frame, leaving their absence along with the crumbling surfaces and vibrant colours as the main subject matter.

Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions

  • 2017 Coffee Seeker, London N12
  • 2014 Tintico Cafe, London N3
  • 2014 Dexter & Co, Holborn, London WC1
  • 2014 Butterfields Bank, London WC1
  • 2012 Gallery K, Nicosia, Cyprus
  • 2008 Moments in Time, Gallery K, Nicosia, Cyprus
  • 2008 Moments in Time, Gallery K, London NW3
  • 2003 Hydra-Kythera-Spetses-Syros, Gallery K, London NW3
  • 2001 Island Architecture, Gallery K, London NW3
  • 1997 Women of Rome, Gallery K, London NW3
  • 1994 Pilgrims, Gallery K, London NW3
  • 1991 Woodlands Art Gallery, Blackheath, London SE12
  • 1986 The Original Gallery, Hornsey, London N8
  • 1986 North Finchley Library, London N12
  • 1986 Ring Cycle, The Hexagon, Reading
  • 1985 Magic Circles, The Arts Centre, Christ’s Hospital School, Horsham
  • 1984 Off Centre, Peterborough City Art Gallery

Selected group exhibitions

  • 2021 Incognito, Royal Over-Seas League Park Place, St James, London
  • 2021 The Pastel Society Exhibition 2021, Mall Galleries, London, SW1, Schmincke Prize Winner
  • 2020 IAS Winter Exhibition (online)
  • 2020 Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair
  • 2020 Drawing from the Heart, The Gallery Holt, Holt, Norfolk
  • 2020 IAS Summer Exhibition (online)
  • 2020 The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition
  • 2020 Society of Women Artists Exhibition
  • 2020 The Pastel Society Exhibition 2020, Mall Galleries, London, SW1
  • 2020 Printmakers Council Archive Exhibition, Scarborough Art Gallery, North Yorks
  • 2020 Time, Printmakers Council Exhibition, HLSI, Highgate, London, N6
  • 2019 IAS Autumn Exhibition, Stoke Newington Library, London, N16
  • 2019 Mini Prints, Printmakers Council Exhibition, Scarborough Art Gallery, North Yorks
  • 2019 National Acrylic Painters Association Summer Exhibition, St Ives, Cornwall
  • 2019 IAS Summer Exhibition, Stoke Newington Library, London, N16
  • 2019 EFO Artists Open House, London, N2
  • 2019 Land, Sea & Air, Printmakers Council Exhibition, The Ropewalk, Barton on Humber, Yorks
  • 2019 Spring Showcase, Artsdepot, London, N12
  • 2019 Primavera, Barbican Library Gallery, The Barbican, London, EC2
  • 2019 Journeys, Printmakers Council Exhibition, Jack House Gallery, Portsmouth
  • 2019 Journeys, Printmakers Council Exhibition, London Print Studio, London, W8
  • 2019 The Pastel Society Exhibition 2019, Mall Galleries, London SW1
  • 2018 Printmakers Council Archive, Scarborough Art Gallery, North Yorkshire
  • 2018 Incognito, Royal Over-Seas League Park Place, St James, London, SW1
  • 2018 IAS Autumn Exhibition, The Original Gallery, London, N8
  • 2018 50:50, Highgate Scientific & Literary Institution, London, N8 (curator)
  • 2018 Printmaking Exhibition, Hampstead School of Art, London, NW3
  • 2018 IAS Spring Exhibition, Stoke Newington Library, London, N16
  • 2018 Summer Salon, Islington Arts Factory, London, N7
  • 2018 EFO Artists Open House, London, N2
  • 2018 National Acrylic Painters Association Summer Exhibition, St Ives, Cornwall
  • 2018 Memory, PMC exhibition, Royal Over-Seas League, London SW1
  • 2018 The Pastel Society Exhibition 2018, Mall Galleries, London, SW1
  • 2018 The Impact of Buildings, Allies & Morrison, Southwark, London SE1
  • 2018 Hampstead Arts Council Exhibition, Central St Giles, London WC2
  • 2017 The Pastel Society, Mall Galleries, London SW1
  • 2017 East Finchley Arts Festival, London, N2
  • 2017 Suraya Arts, Framers Gallery, London, WC1
  • 2017 Summer Salon, Islington Arts Factory, London, N7
  • 2017 Reflections, Ply Gallery, Hornsey Town Hall, London, N8
  • 2017 Printmaking Exhibition, Hampstead School of Art, London, NW3
  • 2017 Printmakers Council Archive, Scarborough Art Gallery, North Yorkshire
  • 2017 Print City, Morley Gallery, London, SE1
  • 2017 Mini Print Exhibition, Morley Gallery, London, SE1
  • 2017 Making a Mark, Scarborough Art Gallery, North Yorkshire
  • 2017 IAS Summer Exhibition, The Espacio Gallery, Shoreditch, London, E2
  • 2017 IAS Autumn Exhibition, The Original Gallery, London, N8 (prize-winner)
  • 2017 IAS Autumn Exhibition, Ply Gallery, Hornsey Town Hall, London, N8
  • 2017 Hackney Arts Hub, Stoke Newington Library, London, N16
  • 2017 First Edition, Linden Hall Studio, Deal, Kent
  • 2017 EFO Artists Open House, London, N2
  • 2016 Hampstead School of Art, London, NW3
  • 2016 The World About Us, Stephens House, London, N3
  • 2016 The Pastel Society, Mall Galleries, London SW1
  • 2016 Summer Salon, Islington Arts Factory, London, N7
  • 2016 IAS Summer Exhibition, The Espacio Gallery, Shoreditch, London, EC2
  • 2016 IAS Autumn Exhibition, The Original Gallery, London, N8
  • 2016 EFO Artists Open House, London, N2
  • 2016 East Finchley Arts Festival, London, N2
  • 2016 Breaking Boundaries, The Original Gallery, London, N8
  • 2016 Barnet Open, Artsdepot, London, N12
  • 2015 The Pastel Society, Mall Galleries, London, SW1 (Schmincke prize-winner)
  • 2015 The London Group Part 2, The Cello Factory, London, SE1
  • 2015 Summer Salon, Islington Arts Factory, London, N7
  • 2015 Rhythm 'n' Blues, The Original Gallery, London, N8
  • 2015 Proof, Phoenix Cinema, London, N2
  • 2015 Paint Camera Action, Phoenix Cinema, London, N2
  • 2015 IAS Autumn Exhibition, The Original Gallery, London, N8 (prize-winner)
  • 2015 IAS 75th Anniversary Summer Exhibition, Lauderdale House, London, N6
  • 2015 EFO Artists Open House, London, N2
  • 2015 Barnet Open, Artsdepot, London, N12
  • 2014 The Pastel Society, Mall Galleries, London, SW1
  • 2014 Summer Salon, Islington Arts Factory, London, N7
  • 2014 Splashes, Wisps and Fragments, The Original Gallery, London, N8
  • 2014 Mini Affordable Art Fair, Keats Community Library, London, NW3
  • 2014 London Jewish Cultural Centre, London, NW11
  • 2014 IAS Spring Exhibition, Stoke Newington Library, London, N16
  • 2014 IAS Autumn Exhibition, The Original Gallery, London, N8 (prize-winner)
  • 2014 EFO Art Fair, London, N2
  • 2014 Barnet Open, Artsdepot, London, N12
  • 2013 London Jewish Cultural Centre, London, NW11
  • 2013 IAS Autumn Exhibition, The Original Gallery, London, N8
  • 2013 IAS Spring Exhibition, Stoke Newington Library, London, N16
  • 2013 EFO Art Fair, London, N2
  • 2013 Cycles, Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution, London, N6 (curator)
  • 2013 10x10, Phoenix Cinema, London, N2
  • 2012 London Jewish Cultural Centre, London, NW3
  • 2012 Take Six, Artisan Gallery, London, NW9
  • 2012 Phoenix Cinema, London, N2
  • 2012 EFO Open House, London, N2
  • 2011 EFO Open House, London, N2
  • 2011 Small is Beautiful, Artsdepot, London, N12 (curator)
  • 2011 Lights Up, Phoenix Cinema, Londo,n N2
  • 2010 Phoenix Cinema, London, N2
  • 2010 EFO Open House, London, N2
  • 2010 Barnet Open, Artsdepot, London, N12
  • 2010 Lost Heritage, Gallery K, Nicosia, Cyprus
  • 2010 Lost Heritage, Gallery K, Athens, Greece
  • 2009 Lost Heritage, Gallery K, London, NW3
  • 2009 Koukan Gallery, London, N10
  • 2009 Phoenix Cinema, London, N2
  • 2009 Lost Heritage, Melina Mercouri Hall, Nicosia, Cyprus
  • 2009 EFO Open House, London, N2
  • 2008 International Art Fair, Royal College of Art, London W1
  • 2007 EFO Open House, London, N2
  • 2006 EFO Open House, London, N2
  • 2006 Angels, Gallery K, London, NW3
  • 2006 EFO Art Fair, London, N2
  • 2005 Berthold Gallery, London, N3
  • 2005 EFO Art Fair, London, N2
  • 2004 Maternity, Hotel St Raphael, Limassol, Cyprus
  • 2004 Maternity, Galley K, Nicosia, Cyprus
  • 2004 EFO Art Fair, London, N2
  • 2003 Green Line – Cyprus 1974-2001, War Museum, Athens, Greece
  • 2003 East Finchley Arts Festival, London, N2
  • 2002 Maternity, The Errikos Dynan Hospital, Athens, Greece
  • 2001 Green Line – Cyprus 1974-2001, Gallery K, Nicosia, Cyprus
  • 1998 Maternity, Gallery K, London, NW3
  • 1995 Small is Beautiful, Flowers East, London, E8
  • 1994-02 Kiss exhibitions, Gallery K, London, NW3
  • 1994 The Pastel Society, Mall Galleries, London, SW1
  • 1994 Small is Beautiful, Flowers East, London, E8
  • 1992 Travellers in Greece, Gallery K, London, NW3
  • 1992 Merz Contemporary Art, London, W8
  • 1992 Geffrye Museum, London, E2
  • 1991 The Pastel Society, Mall Galleries, London, SW1
  • 1991 A View of the New, Royal Over-Seas League, London, SW1
  • 1989 Xantippe, The Orangery, Holland Park, London, W2
  • 1985 Three years On, Swiss Cottage Library, London, NW3
  • 1982 Stowels Trophy, Royal Academy, London W1

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