Installation view of Tomas Watson: Transitions (2024)  at Anita Rogers Gallery

Installation view of Tomas Watson: Transitions (2024)

Photo by Jon-Paul Rodriguez

Tomas Watson Exhibition at Anita Rogers Gallery

New York City-based Anita Rogers Gallery currently presents “Transitions,” an exquisite exhibition showcasing the remarkable talent of British artist Tomas Watson. Spanning from 2017 to the present day, “Transitions” encapsulates a period of profound change and evolution in Watson’s life, both personally and creatively.

In his latest body of work, Watson invites viewers into a world that transcends mere representation, delving into the depths of human experience with profound introspection. As he aptly puts it, “These paintings are about my life, not in a descriptive or specific sense, but rather in the form of observations that open up the possibility of a deeper, universal meaning.”

In an age where figurative art may seem like a relic of the past, Watson defies conventions with his masterful technique and modern approach. Trained at the prestigious Slade School of Art in London, and a recipient of the esteemed BP Portrait Award in 1998, Watson’s dedication to his craft is unmistakable. Drawing inspiration from luminaries such as Degas, Turner, and Rauschenberg, he seamlessly blends age-old mastery with a contemporary aesthetic, breathing new life into the timeless art of figurative painting.

For Watson, light is more than just a physical phenomenon—it is a conduit for emotion and meaning. Whether illuminating the intimate confines of an interior space or bathing the expansive outdoors in a golden glow, light plays a central role in shaping the mood and atmosphere of his compositions. His meticulous attention to detail, coupled with a keen understanding of form and shadow, creates a sense of depth and dimensionality that is truly mesmerizing.

In “Transitions,” Watson’s shift toward exterior scenes reflects a newfound sense of openness and exploration. Bold strokes of color intermingle with subtle nuances of light and shade, imbuing each canvas with a palpable sense of vitality and energy. Yet beneath the surface beauty lies a profound sense of introspection—a testament to Watson’s unwavering commitment to capturing the essence of the human experience.

Beyond the confines of the canvas, Watson’s impact extends far and wide. Alongside his partner, he has recently established the Sigri Arts Retreat on the idyllic island of Lesvos, providing a haven for artists to nurture their creativity amidst the stunning backdrop of the Aegean Sea. As he embarks on this new chapter of fatherhood, Watson’s passion for art and education continues to inspire and uplift all those who encounter his work.

The exhibition is on view from March 6 to May 24.