Terry Watts

Vast skies, and an original and unsentimental approach to the English landscape are the unique characteristics of Terry Watts' work. His large open spaces have a majestic emptiness, allowing the physical forces which create the landscape to be clearly seen. Having first pursued his interest in landscape through photography, Terry became more analytical in his observation of the environment and our response to it. He found that it was only through painting that the necessary control over representation of the landscape could be achieved. The paintings are precisely rendered, yet contain freely created elements and are of unusually wide perspective. The result encompasses more of the character of the landscape than the camera can reveal. Terry left Camberwell College of Art in 1952, continuing his training at Hammersmith College of Art. He worked in education, obtaining a Science degree along the way, before moving to work on large landscape based sculptural projects for London Docklands Development Corporation, Merton Borough Council, and British Gas, among others. These commissions gave Terry a new fascination with perception of landscape and he returned to painting full time. Terry's first solo exhibition was at Stark Gallery in London, and he has exhibited widely in Southern England, including Beaux Arts Bath, and at The Mall Galleries, Bloxham Galleries and Blackheath Gallery in London. His work is represented in collections in Paris, the Netherlands, and Washington State as well as Local Authorities in England. Terry was elected RBA in 2006. His work is regularly shown at the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition and at The Discerning Eye. He was awarded the Guest Prize at the Laing Landscape Competition, and twice won first prize at the London City Airport Competition. In 2007, Terry received the Buzzacott 'Best Picture' Award at the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours.

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