Fine Artist, Children's Book Illustrator & Author
"Dusk Dawn Dance" by Richard Jesse Watson, 5' x 5' acrylic on canvas
"Watson's exquisite color drawings radiate texture, feeling and mood." Chicago Sun Times
"His work is a process of thinking: an attempt at bringing two oppositions into play, efforts to balance and nod to the extremes on either end of an idea." Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
Discovering a rusty, twisted office chair on the beach, inspired Richard's "Arcangelo" preparing to blow his trumpet, featured in his upcoming exhibit with his artist son, Jesse.
"November Nightmare", "Stradivarius Retriever" and "Crocilgator", are some of Richard's creations made from found objects, to be on exhibit this September.
"Foodie", by Richard Jesse Watson
62"x17" x10" made from dining table parts and various found objects
"Pastry Chef", by Richard Jesse Watson
20"x15x17" found objects, spatulas and spoons
RICHARD'S ARTIST STATEMENT:
Lost objects. Found objects. Repurposed stuff. Not-so-junk dipped in the golden pond of Fooling Around. The so-called "necessities" of life all too soon wear out, burn out, break, or fall through a crack, then wait to be found again.
But like Frankenstein's mother, I rescue doomed doo-dads in an artistic DNA kind of way. Am I their maker, remaker or muse? Or are they mine? I love being in this zone coaxing dreams into reality or caressing reality back into a dream.
Richard and son, Jesse, are exhibiting together for this father and son show. Jesse's son, Clayton, will be performing live music on an Irish bouzouki, among other stringed instruments during the Opening Reception, September 1st.
701 Water Street, Port Townsend, WA
Open Wednesdays through Mondays, 11:30 to 5:30 (closed Tuesdays)
"Have you ever wanted to climb into a picture?
I have. In fact, ever since I was the size of a fire hydrant I drew pictures I could play in. Pictures in which to wander far and wide, to go anywhere and do anything. Pictures were my own rocket ship to planets of unlimited imagination.
I still climb into my pictures when illustrating a book. This portmanteau world of children's literature is the jolliest combination of the written word and the painted picture--the perfect traveling bag for exploring the universe."
Watson first dipped his toe into the world of bookmaking at age five. As a "grown-up" he's been making books for thirty years. Several of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, Kirkus Review and Booklist starred reviews, People Magazine Best Children's Book of the Year, and Golden Kite Award for Best Illustrated Book.
Kirkus Review proclaims Watson's art, "exuberant".
"Richard Jesse Watson's Tom Thumb [paintings] will take your breath away." Connoisseur
Publishers Weekly "Watson's artwork achieves a startling blend of the ancient and the timeless."
"Richard Watson's use of egg tempera echoes the realism of Durer."
Los Angeles Times
"Watson's paintings from Tom Thumb are intricately detailed..."
The New York Times
"Heavenly Aroma" egg tempera with gold leaf on board, 30" x 43"
Published cover art from The High Rise Glorious Skittle Skat Roarious Sky Pie Angel Food Cake
Watson's studio is a labrinth of projects and relics.
is like a dog rolling on his back in the grass.
It's about glory in the commonplace." Richard Jesse Watson