Colin Watson lives and works in Belfast. He has held seven solo exhibitions in London, at John Martin Gallery, the Pym’s Gallery and at Simon Dickinson Fine Art, as well as in Dublin, Northern Ireland and Morocco.  In October 2008, Colin was invited by HRH The Prince of Wales to accompany him on the Royal Tour of Japan, Brunei and Indonesia, as his official Tour Artist.  

Colin Watson has exhibited at the Royal Academy in London, the Royal Ulster Academy and the Royal Hibernian Academy, winning awards at the latter two. He was also awarded the Ireland Fund of Great Britain Annual Arts Award in 1999. His work has been included in the BP Portrait Prize Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, The Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibitions and at the Discerning Eye at the Mall Galleries in London. 

Colin Watson’s work is held in collections worldwide, including the Royal Collection and those of HRH Prince of Wales, HRH Duchess of Cornwall, the King of Morocco. He is also represented in a number of public collections, including the Ulster Museum, the Arts Council for Northern Ireland, the National Self-Portrait Collection of Ireland, Limerick and the Royal Geographical Society, London with a portrait of Sir Wilfred Thesiger, the British explorer and travel writer. 


Biography

b. 1966, Beflast

Education

University of Ulster, BA Fine Art.


Solo Exhibitions

2017 The Presence, John Martin Gallery, London

2014 Threshold, John Martin Gallery, London

2013 The Forest, Dickon Hall Ltd, Belfast

2011 New Paintings and Drawings, Dickon Hall Ltd, Belfast

2010 Lawrence- Arnott Gallery, Marrakech

2009 Journey to the East, Dickinson, London

Journey to the East, AVA Gallery, Clandeboye, Northern Ireland

2008 Jorgensen Fine Art, Dublin

2007 Lawrence- Arnott Gallery, MarrakechLawrence- Arnott Gallery, Tangier

2006 Light from Two Worlds, Pyms Gallery, London

2003 Intimate Interiors, Silent Landscapes, Pyms Gallery, London

2001 The Sensuality of the Shade, Pyms Gallery, London

2000 Paintings of Mood and Place, Pyms Gallery, London.


Selected Group Exhibitions

2017 Royal Society of Portrait Painters, London

Boyle Arts Festival, Boyle, Republic of Ireland      

Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast Solomon Gallery, Dublin   

2016 Royal Academy of Arts, Summer Exhibition, London

Royal Society of Portrait Painters, London

Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin

Boyle Arts Festival, Boyle, Republic of Ireland      

Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast    

2015 Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries, London 

Spring Masters Art Fair, The Armory New York, represented by John Martin Gallery

Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast 

Dickon Hall, Belfast

Anna Cheyne Visual Art Award, Island Arts Centre, Lisburn

2014 Royal Society of Portrait Painters, London

John Martin Gallery, London

Dickon Hall, Belfast

Jorgensen Fine Art, Dublin

2013 Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast

2012 Jorgensen Fine art, DublinRoyal Ulster Academy, Belfast

2011 Dickon Hall Ltd, Belfast

2010 Jorgensen Fine art, Dublin

Dickon Hall Ltd, Belfast

2009 Dickon Hall Ltd, Belfast

2008 AVA Gallery, Clandeboye, Northern Ireland

Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin

Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast

Boyle Arts Festival, Boyle, Republic of Ireland

2007 AVA Gallery, Clandeboye, Northern Ireland

Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin 

Royal Ulster Academy, BelfastBoyle Arts Festival, Boyle, Republic of Ireland

Double Image, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast

2006 AVA Gallery, Clandeboye, Northern Ireland

Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin

Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast

Boyle Arts Festival, Boyle, Republic of Ireland

2005 Lawrence- Arnott Gallery, Marrakech

Lawrence- Arnott Gallery, Tangier

Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin

AVA Gallery, Clandeboye, Northern Ireland

2004 Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin

2003 Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin

Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast

Arcadia Fine Art, New York

AVA Gallery, Clandeboye, Northern Ireland

2001 Royal Ulster Academy, BelfastArcadia Fine Art, New York

2000 Arcadia Fine Art, New York

1999 Albemarle Gallery, London 

Arcadia Fine Art, New York

Elaine Somers Gallery, Hollywood, Northern Ireland

1998 The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London

Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast

Gallery Revel, New York

1997 BP Portrait Exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London

Royal Academy of Arts, London

Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast

Gallery Revel, New York

1996 Cavehill Gallery, Belfast

1995 BP Portrait Exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London

Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin

Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast

1994 BP Portrait Exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London

Royal Academy of Arts, London

Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast

1993 Royal Academy of Arts, London

Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast

1992 One Oxford Street, Belfast

1991 BP Portrait Exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London

Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin

1988 Otter Gallery, Belfast.


Awards

2017 Elected Academician, Royal Ulster Academy

2016 Royal Ulster Academy, Gold Medal

2015 Royal Ulster Academy, Connor PrizeAnna Cheyne Visual Art Award

2012 Associate Member of the Royal Ulster Academy

2007 Royal Ulster Academy, Silver Medal

2006 Royal Ulster Academy, Connor Prize

2003 Royal Hibernian Academy, Don Niccolo d’Ardia Caracciolo Medal and Award

2002 Royal Hibernian Academy, De Veres Award

Royal Ulster Academy Award

1999 Ireland Fund of Great Britain Annual Arts Award, London.


Collections

Royal Collection, London

HRH The Prince of Wales

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall

His Majesty King Mohamed VI, Rabat, Morocco

Ulster Museum

Portrait of Sir Wilfred Thesiger, Royal Geographical Society, London

National Self Portrait Collection of Ireland, Limerick University

Government Collection, Northern Ireland

Lisburn city council

Private Collections USA, China, Morocco, UK, and Ireland.


Publications

The Star of Bethlehem, David Collins, Illustrated with 9 ink drawings, Amberley Publishing, 2012

The Poets’ Wives, David Park, Illustrated with 3 ink Drawings, Bloomsbury, 2014.