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Image: Gavin Watson, Grumpus (2016)

Sunderland-born Gavin Watson is an artist whose paintings explore the relationships forged between human and animal lives. He uses oil paint to create work that is often playful and surreal, as well as being incredibly detailed. Working from rural Northumberland, he has exhibited his work at The Bowes Museum, Sunderland Museum, Cricket Hill Gallery in New York and has regularly been selected for the BP National Portrait award.

Gavin Watson’s exhibition Protect & Survive is also the title of a painting in this series. It references a booklet printed by the UK government in the 1970s which was intended to inform citizens on how to protect themselves during a nuclear attack. It has been on display at Gallagher & Turner, Newcastle from December 2nd 2020, however due to Covid-19 restrictions it has been impossible for the general public to see his work in person, although you have been able to view it digitally via see the Gallagher & Turner Instagram page , their Facebook page and the Protect & Survive exhibition page. The exhibition has also been extended to May 2021 meaning that if the road map goes to plan then people will get a chance to see it.

To get to know the artist more, the gallery has organised an interview and Q&A with Gavin on Friday 19th March (7pm), where you’ll get a virtual tour of his studio and find out what inspires him. The event is free, will take place over zoom and will be an hour long. To register, click here.

Gavin Watson, Last Child in the Woods (2018)

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