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by Eleanor Watson

Currently, in the studio I contemplate photos of domestic spaces and re-tell them in paint; hording aspirational interiors and gardens which are part of a collective imagery of a common desire.  I create a tableau of objects without the gesture or expression of their inhabitants; the spaces reveal only small aspects of their story, allowing for contemplation and escape. 

Modelling is minimal; instead I layer areas of flat colour to create an obviously false depth. I enjoy the play between the believable and the fictitious. Colour is important, especially the ground which imbues the picture with a tone from which I build a narrative of colours. I am concerned with what is revealed and that which is potentially concealed.

Educational Qualifications
2009 - 2012 Wimbledon College of Art, BA Fine Art Painting 
2008 - 2009 Chelsea College of Art, Foundation in Art and Design
2001 - 2008 Woldingham School

November - In the First Place, solo show, The Foundry Gallery, Chelsea
July - 8 Minutes from Here, South Bank Centre
May - Biscuit. I've kept you half. Joint exhibition, Mall Galleries
May - New Contemporary South, St. Anne's Gallery, Lewes
April - Memory and Desire: Part 1, Albemarle Street, Mayfair
March - Affordable Art Fair, Battersea
February - Dual Exhibition: Eleanor Watson & Benjamin Bridges, GX Gallery, Camberwell
January - Futuremap, Letharby Gallery, Central St. Martins

December - Hans Brinker Painting Prize, winner's returning exhibition, Amsterdam 
November - Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead Heath
September - Flock - group show at GX Gallery, Camberwell 
June - Wimbledon College of Art Degree Show
March - 10 out of 10 - group show, Vyner Street Gallery

December - Hans Brinker - group show, Amsterdam
April - Last Orders- group show, Redgate Gallery, Brixton
January - Baker's Dozen - group show, Acquire, Battersea

2013 - Futuremap Prize, runner-up
2012 - Jonathan Vickers Award, runner-up
2011 - Hans Brinker Budget Trophy Award, winner
2011 - Prunella Clough Painting Prize, runner-up

2013 - Down Stairs Gallery, Madley, Herefordshire

The Wine-Dark Sea, pt. 2  
a group show with Vermillion Hook - an exploration of memory through portraiture and figurative painting

11th-30th April
Mark Powell Bespoke, 2 Marshall Street

Vermillion Hook is a collective of young London-based artists