Thursday, March 11, 2010

Alison Watt: Phantom | The National Gallery, London

Alison Watt is the seventh Associate Artist at the National Gallery, and the youngest in the scheme's history.

Born in Greenock in 1965, Watt is a painter who studied at the Glasgow School of Art. In 2000 she became the youngest artist to be offered a solo exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

Her recent work demonstrates a deep fascination with the possibilities of the suggestive power of fabric. A childhood trip to London to visit the National Gallery resulted in a lifelong admiration for Ingres's 1856 portrait 'Madame Moitessier', a picture that has been a constant source of inspiration for her.