I always sought new methods of painting, both technically and aesthetically. This may seem to have resulted in many different styles. Seen in retrospect though, there seems to be a fairly direct course (with a few byways) from the early pictures done directly from the subject to a greater interest in light and colour than to a design and form conscious type of painting.

Pursuit along these lines naturally led to greater interest in the language of visual art and less to the observed subject and eventually the bigger step of non-figurative painting. Virtually all paintings done since 1951 have not been evoked by any observed or imagined physical subject. They aim instead at the rhythmic and/or proportional use of tones, shapes and colours only, to give a satisfying and interesting result.

-Percy Watson

VIEW EDUCATION AND REPRESENTATION

PERCY WATSON

1919 – 1995, Melbourne

STUDIED

1935-38 Swinburne Technical School

1945-46 George Bell School

1953 RMIT

WORKED as animation artist with CSIRO Film Unit

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2005 Percy Watson- Selected Works 1935-1975, Eastgate & Holst Gallery

1998 Percy Watson- Selected Works 1935-1969, Eastgate Gallery

1996 Percy Watson-Retrospective 1935-1995, Eastgate Gallery

1975 Percy Watson Retrospective, Hawthorn City Art Gallery

1952 Paintings by Percy Watson, Peter Bray Galleries

 1949 Percy Watson, Melbourne Book Club Gallery

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

2017 Groupshow, Eastgate Gallery

Abstraction 16, Charles Nodrum Gallery

2015 Little Pictures Exhibition, Charles Nodrum Gallery

Abstraction 15, Charles Nodrum Gallery

2012 Modern Australian Painting, Charles Nodrum Gallery

2009 Little Pictures Exhibition, Charles Nodrum Gallery

2008 Directors Choice Exhibition, Eastgate & Holst Gallery

2007 Works on Paper, Eastgate & Holst Gallery

2006 A.D.S Donaldson Exhibition, Charles Nodrum Gallery

2004 A Collectors Exhibition, Eastgate & Holst Gallery

2003 A Collectors Exhibition, Eastgate Gallery

2002 A Collectors Exhibition, Eastgate Gallery

2000 A Collectors Exhibition, Eastgate Gallery

1997 A Collectors Exhibition, Eastgate Gallery

1993 An Autumn Collection, D.A & H.M Bradshaw Fine Art 

1992 Classical Modernism – The George Bell Circle, NGV

1991 Australian Surrealist Paintings, Charles Nodrum Galleries

Collectors Graphics & Drawings 1945-1990, D.A & H.M Bradshaw Fine Art

Traditional Modern & Contemporary Australian Paintings, Drawings & Graphics, D.A & H.M Bradshaw Fine Art & Shearers Arms, Geelong

Works on Paper, Eastgate Gallery

1990 Modern Australian Paintings, Charles Nodrum Gallery

Works on Paper, D.A & H.M Bradshaw Fine Art

1989 Modern Australian Paintings, Charles Nodrum Gallery

Paintings and Prints of the 1960s, Allyn Fisher Fine Arts, Bendigo

1988 Modern Australian Paintings, Charles Nodrum Gallery

1986 Merindah Lodge Art Exhibition, 50 on Paper, Camperdown

1982 Hawthorn Artists, Hawthorn City Art Gallery

1981 The George Bell School – Students, Friends, Influences, Georges Gallery Melbourne

1979 Early Works and Others Selected from the Harry Rosengrave Collection, Hawthorn City Art Gallery

1970 Twenty Melbourne Painters 52nd Annual Exhibition

1969 Twenty Melbourne Painters 51st Annual Exhibition

Cowra Art Award Exhibition, Cowra

1967 Twenty Melbourne Painters 49th Annual Exhibition

1966 Twenty Melbourne Painters 48th Annual Exhibition

1965 Twenty Melbourne Painters 47th Annual Exhibition

1964 Melbourne Contemporary Artists Exhibition

Twenty Melbourne Painters 46th Annual Exhibition

1961 Melbourne Contemporary Artists Exhibition

1957 Melbourne Contemporary Artists Exhibition

1956 5 Contrasts, Contrasts in Contemporary Art, VAS Galleries

1955 Herald Outdoor Art Show

1953 Twenty Melbourne Painters 35th Annual Exhibition

Victorian Artists Society Spring Exhibition

Melbourne Contemporary Artists Exhibition

1952 Victorian Artists Society Spring Exhibition

1951 Victorian Artists Society Autumn Exhibition

Victorian Artists Society Watercolour & Drawing Exhibition

Victorian Artists Society Spring Exhibition 

1950 Herald Outdoor Art Show

Victorian Artists Society Autumn Exhibition

Twenty Melbourne Painters 32nd Annual Exhibition

Victorian Artists Society Spring Exhibition

Melbourne Contemporary Artists Exhibition

1949 Twenty Melbourne Painters 31st Annual Exhibition

Melbourne Contemporary Artists Exhibition

Ferntree Gully Arts Society Sixth Annual Exhibition

1948 Twenty Melbourne Painters 30th Annual Exhibition

Victorian Artists Society Autumn Exhibition

Victorian Artists Society Spring Exhibition

1947 Victorian Artists Society Spring Exhibition

1946 Twenty Melbourne Painters 28th Annual Exhibition

1945 Crouch Memorial Art Prize exhibition, Ballarat

Geelong Art Gallery Association Annual Competition exhibition

Earl Coles Prize exhibition

Maurice Nicholas Prize Exhibition

1944 Australian Academy of Art, Sixth Annual Exhibition

Twenty Melbourne Painters 26th Annual Exhibition

Heidelberg Art Show

The Woollies Appeal Children’s Charity Exhibition, Myers Mural Hall

1943 Australian Academy of Art, Fifth Annual Exhibition

Melbourne Contemporary Artists Exhibition

Paintings by Victorian & Tasmanian Artists, Launceston Arts Society

1942 Twenty Melbourne Painters 24th Annual Exhibition

Victorian Artists Society Autumn Exhibition

Second Annual Exhibition of New Paintings by Australian Artists, National Gallery Victoria

1941 Victorian Artists Society Autumn Exhibition

Australian Academy of Art Fourth Annual Exhibition

Twenty Melbourne Painters 23rd Annual Exhibition

First Annual Exhibition of New Paintings by Australian Artists, National Gallery Victoria

1940 Exhibition of Paintings: W.Dargie, P.G Moore, M.Ragles, C.Smith, R,M. Warner & P.Watson.

1939 Victorian Artists Society Autumn Exhibition

Hawthorn Municipal Library Art Exhibition

1938 Swinburne Technical College Student Exhibition

Victorian Artists Society Autumn Exhibition

Victorian Artists Society Spring Exhibition

 

AWARDS & PRIZES

1944 Winner, Victory Art Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery

Finalist, Wynne Prize

1943, Highly Commended, Crouch Prize, Ballarat

Honourable Mention, Charlotte Allen Memorial Competition, Bendigo Art Gallery

Finalist, Wynne Prize

1942 Finalist, Archibald Prize

Finalist, George Mackay Commemoration Competition, Bendigo Art Gallery

1941 Finalist, Archibald Prize

1940 Finalist, Archibald Prize

COLLECTIONS

National Gallery of Australia Canberra

National Gallery of Victoria

Castlemaine Regional Art Gallery

Warrnambool Regional Art Gallery

Private collections in Australia and abroad

Percy Watson, Gala Partitions, 1975, oil on board, 35x62cm SOLD
Percy Watson, Gala Partitions, 1975, oil on board, 35x62cm SOLD
Percy Watson, Untitled, 1957, oil on board, 77x107cm
Percy Watson, Untitled, 1957, oil on board, 77x107cm
Percy Watson, Exuberance, 1954, oil on board, 119x88cm
Percy Watson, Exuberance, 1954, oil on board, 119x88cm
Percy Watson, Festive, 1955, oil on board, 120x89cm SOLD
Percy Watson, Festive, 1955, oil on board, 120x89cm SOLD
Percy Watson, Theme at Convergence, 1966, watercolour, 30x55cm
Percy Watson, Theme at Convergence, 1966, watercolour, 30x55cm
Percy Watson, Above Complexity, 1970, watercolour, 37x28cm SOLD
Percy Watson, Above Complexity, 1970, watercolour, 37x28cm SOLD