Alison Watt

Scottish (born 1965)
Alison Watt Alison Watt, born 1965. Artist 1986 - 1987 © Alison Watt. All Rights Reserved. DACS, London 2021


Born 1965
Nationality Scottish
Birth place Greenock

Born in Greenock, she studied at Glasgow School of Art. In 1987, while still a student, won the National Portrait Gallery, London prestigious annual award.  She subsequently became well known for her paintings of figures, often female nudes. In the late 90s she began to focus on the fabric which had previously acted as a prop or backdrop for her figures. Although the human figure is no longer explicit in Watt’s work, it is often implied. More recently, her painting has focused upon the relationship between the genres of portraiture and still life, exploring the possible narratives around everyday objects. Across the last two decades, Watt has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She has had major solo exhibitions at The National Gallery, London ( where she was appointed Associate Artist ), The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Abbot Hall Art Gallery and Museum and The Fruitmarket Gallery. Her work is held in many important public collections. She was awarded an OBE in 2008 and became a Fellow of The Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2017.


Facing the World | Self-Portraits Rembrandt to Ai Weiwei
  • Ended Sun 16 Oct 2016
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
GENERATION: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland | Modern
  • Ended Sun 25 Jan 2015
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Alison Watt | A Portrait Without Likeness
  • Until Sun 9 Jan 2022
  • Free
Scottish National Portrait Gallery