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QUEER: Stories from the NGV Collection is more than an exhibition catalogue. Including Ross Watson's artwork, this 628 page publication expands on the themes explored in the National Gallery of Victoria's QUEER exhibition, to document the queer past, present and future of the NGV's collection. Available from the NGV Design store online. AUD$99.95
The first painting from Watson’s new series DIORAMAS, demonstrates an exciting development in the artist’s work, and explores personal themes relevant to his experience of the global pandemic and lock downs.
"Walking our dogs along beautiful Collins Street in Melbourne during lock down and seeing the empty luxury fashion house's windows was both unprecedented and surprisingly inspiring. I thought about the same designer boutiques I've visited when travelling abroad before the pandemic, and how much I also miss visiting art museums and working with new models." wrote Watson.
A starting point was offered by the experience and the artist began imagining painted theatre sets or glass showcases which may be be viewed by an audience, which in the absence of international travel are restricted to observing online.
Footballer 53 x 43 cm / 21 x 17 in Oil on Board 2021
Shower 56 x 61 cm / 22 x 24 in Oil on Board 2021
"Ross Watson's paintings are obviously the work of a master of technique. The conjunction of modern naturalism and classic works makes it hard to believe one's eyes."
Sir Ian McKellen
"Oh goodness, your works get sexier and sexier and more and more accomplished - lost in admiration."