Graham Watson’s practice is a continuation of the Surrealist practice which aims to resolve the contradictory conditions of dream and reality. Using image appropriation and traditional cut and paste techniques to create collages primarily concerned with the evocation of the magical, a childhood sense of wonder, and possibility and consequently nostalgia, it’s power both equally ecstatic and melancholic. Watson embraces free association in his practice and avoids narrative an underlying impetus often pervades the work.
Graham Watson (born 1974) lives and works in the Lake District. Graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in 1996. Played nationally and internationally as former drummer in art band ‘Black Basque’. Recent exhibitions include: ‘1964’ P.S. Mirabel Manchester 2014, ‘End of the Line’ Paper Gallery Manchester 2013, ‘Yellow’ Rheged Gallery Penrith 2013, C-Arts Open Studio Cumbria 2013. Residency and exhibition at Rogue Studios Project Space Manchester 2011.