TERRY WATTS (1946-)

Rising tide, Medway estuary (Kent)

Acrylic on canvas 60 x 60cm; signed with monogram, 2013

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The salt marshes in the estuary of the Medway form the basis for this evanescent vision of floating islands on a calm breadth of river which mirrors the hazy sky, in a very British recasting of a Japanese print. Below the horizon, the tower of Kingsnorth power station raises a slender finger like a rocket about to be launched, or the campanile of some remote Venetian island. The industrial buildings around it and those which hang on the far horizon, on the right-hand of the river-mouth, flicker and blur into the line of light between earth and sky, and are subsumed, like silvery mirages, into the overwhelming silence and space of untamed nature.

Biographical details

Terry Watts is a London-based artist who was trained at Camberwell and Hammersmith Colleges of Art, and worked at first in landscaping projects. He moved to studying landscape through the medium of photography, and then from drawing to painting.  His works are panoramic, combining an enhanced perspectival viewpoint and a frequently low horizon to give a sense of the vastness and sublimity of nature; they are rooted in a realistic topography, but blend features and motifs from separated areas to achieve a more emotionally accurate response to the land. Skies are of great importance in his paintings, as they were in the work of Turner and Constable; the low horizons and unusually deep vistas of clouds or clear skies stimulate the universal tendency to a pantheistic reaction to nature.

He has had solo exhibitions at the Stark Gallery (Canterbury and, later, London); and at galleries in Rochester, Kent; Broadway, Worcestershire; Tunbridge Wells, Kent; Bridport, Dorset; and Southwold, Suffolk; he has participated in many group exhibitions at provincial galleries, and has also shown at the Royal Society of British Artists (elected a member 2006), the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, the Royal Society of Marine Artists, and the Royal Society of Birmingham Artists.

Works by Watts can be found in public, private and corporate collections in Britain, France, the Netherlands and the USA.

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