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Jason D. Watson
updated: 07/31/2009
website: www.jwatsondrawing.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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“Punch Drunk Monk”
“Punch Drunk Monk”, detail
“Point and Stare”
“Point and Stare”, detail
Blindspot”
Horses, 1976”
Closet Case (Curious, George?)
“Basement Alchemy Drawing (Blow-up)”
“Basement Alchemy Drawing (Apology Architecture)”
“Basement Alchemy Drawing (Ambition Finds Structure)”
“Basement Alchemy Drawing (Hercules, Hercules)”
“Basement Alchemy Drawing (Valentines for Valentino)”
“Kut/Kill”
“Kurl/Keep”
“Krimp/Keep”
 
Portfolio Keywords:  figurative, narrative, psychological, collage, language, portraiture, illustration, gender/sexuality, historical, process
 
 
“Punch Drunk Monk” by Jason D. Watson
“Punch Drunk Monk”
graphite colored pencil, acrylic wash and gouache on paper
2009
50"" x  38"" 
“Punch Drunk Monk”, detail by Jason D. Watson
“Punch Drunk Monk”, detail
graphite colored pencil, acrylic wash and gouache on paper
2009
50" x  38" 
“Point and Stare” by Jason D. Watson
“Point and Stare”
graphite colored pencil, acrylic wash and gouache on paper
2009
50" x  38" 
“Point and Stare”, detail by Jason D. Watson
“Point and Stare”, detail
graphite colored pencil, acrylic wash and gouache on paper
2009
50" x  38" 
Blindspot”  by Jason D. Watson
Blindspot”
graphite colored pencil, acrylic wash and gouache on paper
2009
50 " x  38 " 
Horses, 1976” by Jason D. Watson
Horses, 1976”
graphite colored pencil, acrylic wash and gouache on paper
2009
37"" x  24"" 
Closet Case (Curious, George?) by Jason D. Watson
Closet Case (Curious, George?)
graphite, colored pencil, and gouache on buff paper
2009
12" x  9" 
“Basement Alchemy Drawing (Blow-up)” by Jason D. Watson
“Basement Alchemy Drawing (Blow-up)”
graphite on paper
2009
24" x  19" 
“Basement Alchemy Drawing (Apology Architecture)” by Jason D. Watson
“Basement Alchemy Drawing (Apology Architecture)”
graphite on paper
2009
24" x  19" 
“Basement Alchemy Drawing (Ambition Finds Structure)” by Jason D. Watson
“Basement Alchemy Drawing (Ambition Finds Structure)”
graphite on paper
2009
24" x  19" 
“Basement Alchemy Drawing (Hercules, Hercules)” by Jason D. Watson
“Basement Alchemy Drawing (Hercules, Hercules)”
graphite on paper
2009
24" x  19" 
“Basement Alchemy Drawing (Valentines for Valentino)” by Jason D. Watson
“Basement Alchemy Drawing (Valentines for Valentino)”
graphite on paper
2009
24" x  19" 
“Kut/Kill” by Jason D. Watson
“Kut/Kill”
graphite, acrylic, and adhesive vinyl on polypropylene
2009
12" x  9" 
“Kurl/Keep” by Jason D. Watson
“Kurl/Keep”
graphite, acrylic, and adhesive vinyl on polypropylene
2009
12" x  9" 
“Krimp/Keep” by Jason D. Watson
“Krimp/Keep”
graphite, acrylic, and adhesive vinyl on polypropylene
2009
12" x  9" 

Artist Statement

ARTIST STATEMENT

  Drawing from observation is an active engagement with the complexity and diversity of the physical world. I draw to investigate real structures, spaces, and surfaces; to understand how things are put together and how they deteriorate over time. My drawings often fixate on specific types of objects: decorative house wares, broken thrift store finds, or fragments of the human body. I describe them with a full value range of tone, hatch marks, and contour lines that flow and scrawl across the subject’s surface. Whether organic, man-made, decorative, or utilitarian, my study of these objects is both an investigation of their physical form and a meditation on how these forms serve as vessels for larger histories and implied narratives.

My process for making a drawing often begins by establishing a relationship with a found object I encounter at random. Through sketching and contemplation, questions I have about the history of the object develop into narrative tendencies. These ambiguous ideas are then worked out in more structured compositions. Bold graphic shapes, patterns, and imaginary letterforms work their way into these larger drawings. The placement of faces, figures and objects against such cryptic symbols, and in relation to one another, opens up the main investigation in this work: How can these sources gain new narrative meaning through the interpretation of drawing? What stories develop when characters are displaced from their known history and set free on the open stage of the clean white page?

Artist Bio / CV

current teaching

• Assistant Professor of Art, Drawing, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.

solo exhibitions

• 2007-2008: “Jason Watson: A Second Look”, Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ.

• 2006: “Character Development: New Drawings and Prints”, Tomasulo Gallery, Union County College, Cranford, NJ, and the Boyden Gallery, St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

selected group exhibitions

• 2009: “A Cause for Art: VCCA – Alonzo Davis Fellowship Exhibit”, Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.

• 2009: “The Nude in Contemporary Art”, The A.D. Gallery, UNC Pembroke, Pembroke, NC

• 2009: “Messages”, Elsewhere Tenured Collaborative (etc.), Community Foundation Gallery, Greensboro, NC.

•2008: “Winter Show 2008” Greenhill Art Center, Greensboro, NC.

•2008: “Elsewhen, Meanwise, Otherwhere”, collaborative mail art project, Room 103 Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

•2008: “D.R.A.F.T: Drawing Recycling and Fluid Thinking”, drawing event and archive at Elsewhere Artist Collaborative, Greensboro, NC.    

• 2006: “Drawing Stage”, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ. Curator E.Camen Ramos

• 2006: “3+3= Artists in Residence”, Newark Museum of Art, Newark, NJ.

residencies and awards

• 2009: Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA

•2008: artist residency, Elsewhere Artists Collaborative, Greensboro, NC.

•2007: panelist, New York Foundation for the Arts, Fellowships in Drawing, Printmaking, and Artist Books.

• 2005-2006: Lower East Side Printshop, full scholarship resident keyholder, New York, NY.

• 2005: Artist in Residence, Newark Museum of Art, Newark, NJ.