Art: “The harmonious expression of one’s vision of life”.
This personal description of his lifelong passion is what defines the works of renowned Jamaican and international artist/sculptor, Basil Watson. For almost 30 years, he has been translating life’s important attributes – positive emotions and attitudes, the spirit of freedom and spontaneity, strength, sensuality, energy and vigor – into finely crafted pieces of art.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, the son of internationally acclaimed painter Barrington Watson, it was a natural progression for him to pursue studies at the Jamaica School of Art (now the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts). Through a strong foundation in drawing, Basil eventually discovered sculpture and with excitement and enthusiasm found it an excellent medium to explore his fascination for the human form. Through the exploration of the language of the body, Basil depicts exaggerated movement or subtle gestures in the expression of moods, thoughts and feelings. Sensuality has always been a strong underlying element within his work and while he sculpts both sexes, his works often celebrate and radiate a great appreciation of women, whether in thematic pieces, athletic movement or intimate studies of the model.
He is represented in galleries in Jamaica and has the distinction of having his major works in each of the three universities there: the University of the West Indies, University of Technology (the UTech Sculpture Park and the Technology Innovation Center) and Northern Caribbean University. He has accomplished numerous commissioned works for the Government of Jamaica, public parks, hotels, corporations and private individuals. Living in the United States since 2002 Basil’s influence and reputation continues to grow as he is represented in galleries across the states: Junor Gallery (Decatur, GA); Mason Murer Fine Art (Atlanta, GA); Hearne Fine Art (Little Rock, Arkansas); Joysmith Gallery (Memphis, TN); Orange Park Gallery (Tampa, FL); Art 70th Gallery (New York, NY); Neleh Galleries International (Chicago, IL).
Recent major accomplishments include his participation in the 7th International Sculpture Symposium in Changchun, China where he completed the life-size sculpture “Earth to Heaven” and the installation of the 15ft sculpture “Balance” on Doctor’s Cave Beach commemorating their 100th anniversary.