Born in Sunderland in 1962, Gavin Watson lives and works in rural Northumberland. He is inspired by the region, its history and the rich variety of wildlife inhabiting its landscape. His paintings explore the relationship between human and animal, and the internal and external worlds they share. Gavin has exhibited his work in New York, with Cricket Hill Associates Gallery and has regularly been selected for the BP National Portrait award. He was selected for the Columbia Threadneedle Art prize 2018 and the New Light Art Prize and touring exhibition 2018. He is currently represented in London by the Jonathan Cooper, Park Walk Gallery. His work is in private collections in North America, Europe and the UK.

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Exhibitions and Awards


2019, 2018, 2017         

New Light Art Prize, (Touring Show)
        Exhibited at Bowes Museum, County Durham, UK
        Exhibiting at Huddersfield Art Gallery, Yorkshire, UK
        Exhibiting at The Bankside Gallery, London
        Exhibiting at The Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle, UK


Jonathan Cooper 30 Years Anniversary Exhibition, Park Walk Gallery, London
Columbia Threadneedle Prize,
 Exhibited at The Mall Galleries, London
Exhibited in Group Show ‘New Year, New Art’, Jonathan Cooper, London


Solo Exhibition ‘Home Alone’, Jonathan Cooper, London (view catalogue)
Exhibited at the BADA Art Fair, London
Exhibited at the Battersea Decorative Fair : Spring, London


Exhibited in Group Show ‘New Year, New Art’, Jonathan Cooper, London


Solo Exhibition ‘Flock & Stock’, Jonathan Cooper, London (view catalogue)
Exhibited in Group Show Beasts – Equine, Bovine & More. John Davies Gallery, Morton-in-Marsh, UK


New Contemporaries at Jonathan Cooper, London


Awarded Arts Council funded travel in India
Making it Special, Lerman Trust Artist Residency Panel Discussion, NY, USA


Award for Artists, Arts Council, UK
Lerman Trust Artists Residency, Pennsylvania, USA


Solo Exhibition at Cricket Hill Gallery, NY, USA

2001, 1997, 1995, 1991                

Exhibited in the BP Portrait Award, NPG, London, UK


Solo Exhibition at Cricket Hill Gallery, NY, USA


Group Show at Cricket Hill Gallery, NY, USA


Group Show at Grey’s Art Gallery, Hartlepool, UK


Awarded Northern Arts Travel Award in Siena, Italy
Exhibited (Artists at the Bunker, Group Show) at Middlesborough Municipal Art Gallery, UK


Exhibited (Group Show) at the Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, UK


Exhibited (Group Show) at the Sunderland Museum & Art Gallery, UK


Solo Exhibition at Durham Almshouse, UK