Colin Watson (b.1966)

Zebra on Cavehill

Oil on board

20cm x 16cm

From the collection of the Northern Ireland Civil Service

Colin Watson was born in Belfast in 1966, where he continues to live and work today. He graduated from the University of Ulster with a B.A. Honours in Fine Art in 1988 and has exhibited his work extensively since then. Watson’s work has been the subject of seven one-man shows in London, at John Martin Gallery, the Pym’s Gallery and at Simon Dickinson Fine Art, as well as in Dublin, Belfast and Morocco. His paintings have won a number of accolades, including, among many others, prizes from the Royal Ulster Academy and the Royal Hibernian Academy. His portraiture has been included in the BP Portrait Prize Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery and in the Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibitions. His work is held in many 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. Pieces by Watson are also held in private collections worldwide, including that of HRH the Prince of Wales, who invited Watson to accompany him as official tour artist on his official tour of Japan, Brunei and Indonesia in 2008.

Watson’s work spans a range of subject matter, including portraiture, figurative work and landscapes, particularly of Morocco where he has painted frequently. This piece, which belongs in the collection of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, is one of Watson’s earlier works.